NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 28, 2016 – The Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee published its 2015 annual report, which reflects the organization’s impact on the community and gives an outlook for 2016 plans. The COA‘s mission to provide for the unmet needs of older adults, caregivers and communities through information advocacy and education is reflected throughout the report.
“This year’s annual report is especially exciting because it celebrates the COA’s 30th anniversary,” said Grace Smith, who was named the COA of Middle Tennessee’s new executive director this year. “COA remains a trusted source of information and a catalyst for generating creative solutions to unmet needs like transportation. We invite the Middle Tennessee community to explore our ongoing programs and initiatives.”
The COA 2015 Annual Report notes the following:
- The 30th anniversary celebration and annual meeting was held Dec. 1 at St. George’s Episcopal Church.
- Mayor Megan Barry shared plans at the COA 30th anniversary celebration for making Nashville more livable for seniors including improving transit, affordable housing and aging in place, which allows people to live comfortably in their homes and communities.
- COA convened a public-private Senior Transportation Leadership Coalition chaired by Board member, Ed Cole, to create a volunteer based ride service for older adults in Nashville.
- The 2015 Elizabeth Jacobs Distinguished Service Award was presented at the 30th anniversary celebration to Anne Gulley, a model community leader and active volunteer with the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee.
- Maribeth Farringer, executive director of the COA of Middle Tennessee, retired after 26 years of service, 12 of which she served as executive director.
- The 24th annual Sage Awards were presented to outstanding community activists. Recipients were Sophia Beamon, Toni Heller, Ida K. Martin and Emmie Jackson McDonald.
To view the 2015 annual report, visit http://www.coamidtn.org/48916-2/.