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Haslam unveils report from Task Force on Aging

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In recognition of National Senior Citizens Day,  there is a report out from Tennessee Governor's Task Force on Aging.  This task force focuses on serving the state's senior citizens more efficiently and effectively.
 
More than 14 percent of Tennesseans are over the age of 65 today, that number is expected to be more than 22 percent by 2020.
 
Haslam formed the Governor's Task Force on Aging in August of 2013.  He charged the group with creating a plan to improve the lives and care of older Tennesseans and their families through a collaboration of public, private and non-profit leaders.
 
The task force has presented three areas of focus: promoting healthy aging; creating livable communities; and supporting family caregivers.
 
The vision of the group is to ensure that older Tennesseans have access to programs, services and opportunities in their local communities that enhance their physical, mental, financial, social and spiritual well-being.
 
One goal is to grow the number of livable communities in Tennessee by providing affordable, appropriate housing, adequate mobility options and supportive services to enhance personal independence and the engagement of older Tennesseans in civic and social life.
 
Another goal is to increase the capacity of caregivers to make informed choices in decision-making, through public education and targeted investments that lead to sustainable caregiver respite services, as well as increased awareness of the importance of employer collaboration in supporting caregivers.
 
Research by the task force showed that Tennessee ranks in the bottom 10 states on almost all health and well-being measures. Ninety percent of individuals want to age in place, but not all Tennessee communities are prepared for the increased community requirements.
 
The complete report can be found online at <https://news.tn.gov/sites/default/files/Aging-Task-Force-Final.pdf>.
 
National Senior Citizens Day was established in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan.

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