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Where human needs and government intersect. The Division of Community Services promotes ongoing economic security and independence for the people of Shelby County. We do this by promoting, coordinating and delivering services that address the underlying conditions for well-being and justice. We strive to be a highly organized team and partner, dedicated to promoting a strong community where all people are able to reach their full potential.

Jun 03

Caring for our Veterans

Posted on June 3, 2022 at 11:23 AM by Jessica Harris

Veteran Services 

The Veterans Administration (VA) has established a special monthly pension for Veterans, or their spouse, in need of care as they age. This program is called Aid and Attendance and it provides care for those requiring assistance with daily activities of life like bathing, dressing, eating, maintaining mobility and addressing their bathroom needs. With not every Veteran requiring the same needs as they age, Aid and Attendance can be requested if the Veteran is in a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or if they are home bound. This benefit is the VA’s way of providing long term care for Veterans and their spouses. The age requirement is 65 unless the Veteran or spouse is permanently and totally disabled without misconduct by the applicant. This benefit has assisted many individuals that might not have been assisted to this extent without the Veteran’s service to our country. 

If you want to learn more about this program or connect with your Veterans Services Officer, please call 901-222-4237 

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Jun 03

Aging Gracefully

Posted on June 3, 2022 at 11:17 AM by Jessica Harris

Community Services Agency 

We all know that growing older is a part of life and we each wish to age gracefully. However, the stressors of everyday life can shift the idea of aging gracefully into a somewhat unattainable goal. At Shelby County Community Services Agency, we love our senior community and work diligently to assist with the goal of aging gracefully. 

Every year, we service over 5000 seniors, ages 60 and over, in our various programs. We are especially proud to be a recipient of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) donation of $5000 for special utility assistance for our seniors. The financial assistance and supportive services we provide to these very important members of our community, can help to alleviate daily stress and enable them to attain the goal of aging gracefully. 

To apply for utility assistance, send an email to heather.watson@shelbycountytn.gov. The requirements for seniors to receive IBEW funds are below. 

  • AGE 65 AND OVER 
  • APPLIED TO UTILITY SERVICES ONLY
  • RESIDENT OF SHELBY COUNTY, TN. 
  • MUST HAVE PAST DUE UTILITY BILL 
  • MUST NOT HAVE ACCESSED ANY OTHER UTILITY SERVICES PROGRAM THROUGH CSA DURING THE CURRENT PROGRAM YEAR 
  • MAXIMUM ALLOTMENT IS $250 PER CUSTOMER, PER PROGRAM YEAR

If you are a senior in need of utility assistance, please call 901-222-4212. 

Jun 03

Aging My Way

Posted on June 3, 2022 at 10:33 AM by Jessica Harris

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Aging Commission of the Mid-South 

Aging My Way 

The Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965 was the first federal funding dedicated to creating services for older Americans. The Act created a system for provision of services such as nutrition programs, in home services, transportation, legal services, elder abuse prevention, caregiver supports, case management, senior centers, information and referral services, health promotion and disease prevention, and long term care ombudsman. Additional items funded by OAA include training, research, and senior community and employment services employment programs.

OAA established the Area Agencies on Aging and Disability (AAADs) to coordinate and offer services to help older persons remain in their home and make independent living an option for them. The Aging Commission of the Mid-South (ACMS) is 1 of the 622 AAADs in the US. We proudly assist seniors and persons with disabilities in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties. As May is recognized as Older Americans Month, we take this opportunity to celebrate seniors who are “Aging My Way," our community partners providing services, the staff of ACMS and employees throughout Shelby County Government who make it possible for seniors to remain independent and contribute to their communities. 

To learn more about the Aging Commission and how it proudly assists seniors and persons with disabilities, please call 901-222-4111. 

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