In April, United Way is focusing on the programs in Knoxville that help seniors stay safe and stay connected.
There are roughly 92,000 adults over the age of 60 in Knoxville. One in four live alone, meaning about 23,000 seniors are at a risk
Isolation is a huge reason that seniors can die early. They can stop eating, plus isolation sets them up for abuse and scams. Beyond the loneliness and isolation, they are on fixed incomes and struggle to afford basic needs.
It’s vital for a senior to maintain their independence. That’s were a number of United Way agencies come in to look after our seniors.
Those agencies include:
- Mobile Meals – Distributes over 900 meals to homebound seniors each day in Knox County. Equally important to the meal is the daily safety check.
- Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service – Hires and trains caregivers and sends them to the homes of the elderly to help them do the things they can no longer do safely on their own. Allows seniors to stay in their homes and keep them out of a nursing home.
- Catholic Charities of East Tennessee – Samaritan House – Home for Senior Citizens that are Homeless or Facing Homelessness. Many of them would be living on a street if it were not for this program
- Wesley House – Wellness in Senior Education (WISE) – Focused on getting 30 homebound mostly women out of the house, socialize and shake off that depression and loneliness. Some of them are unable to get out of the house and some of them live in a neighborhood that they are scared to get out of the house.