If you ask most senior citizens, the last thing they want is to be a burden on their families. Independence gives them dignity, but seniors on a fixed budget often have difficulty maintaining independence with an increasing cost of living. The City of Goodlettsville, TN, recently created three new programs and hosted a resource fair to inform seniors about other community resources that can help them maintain independence.

width=Angi Bain, City of Goodlettsville Municipal Court Clerk

If a senior has little margin in meeting monthly bills, property taxes are a huge annual financial challenge. The City of Goodlettsville incorporated two programs to assist seniors – the Tax Freeze Program and the Tax Relief Program. The Tax Freeze Program freezes property taxes at the current rate, and the Tax Relief Program provides a tax credit to seniors. Both programs are based upon income, and seniors must apply and qualify each year.

In addition to tax assistance, the City of Goodlettsville established a new program called, “Operation Good Morning Sunshine,” which is a reassurance program offered to seniors living alone. Someone from the city will call isolated seniors periodically to check on them and to let them know someone cares about them. The program also assures city employees the seniors are okay. When seniors living along don’t show up as routinely expected to pay a utility bill, the employees become concerned.

In order to increase senior awareness of other community resources available to them, the City of Goodlettsville hosted a senior resource fair September 13-14. Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency participated in the event. MCCAA provides a variety of assistance programs to seniors, such as rent or mortgage assistance, an additional property tax relief program, food distribution, food and hygiene pantry, energy assistance, comprehensive case management, and referrals to other community partners.

width=Brianna Ortiz and Ronda Martin, MCCAA

Jubilee Hills provided information on their new senior living facility, opening this fall. The center will offer fun activities, enriching classes, assisted living with health care professionals, and Montessori-based memory care. Jubilee hills provides a full range of exceptional senior living options, a full spectrum of personal and medical care services, and fresh, nutritious, chef-prepared meals in a very comfortable, harmonious setting.

Also in attendance at the senior resource fair were Adam D. York, Attorney at Law, and Stephanie Upton of Upton Solutions. York provided a 50% discount to seniors on legal services, such as estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and advance care directives. Upton is a licensed health insurance provider who can assist seniors in understanding their options for Medicare and help them select the right plan for their specific needs.

As Mother Teresa once quoted, “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody – I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” Senior citizens of Goodlettsville, TN, have a city that truly cares for their well-being. When a community comes together to care for its own, the community as a whole thrives.

width=Stephanie Upton, Upton Solutions

width=Adam York, Attorney at Law

width=Kelly Stagg and Jill Wagoner, Jubilee Hills