Legislative breakfast in Kingsport aims to help seniors

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The Tennessee Commission on Aging is reaching out to people and lawmakers to bring awareness to the Options Program.

They met with members of the community and lawmakers at this legislative breakfast in Kingsport Friday morning at Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability's Executive Director Jim Shulman told News 5, the Options Program helps seniors who don't qualify for Medicaid stay in their homes instead of relying on nursing homes.

Jim Shulman said, "What's remarkable is we can do it for an average of $3500 dollars a year.

If you went to a nursing home you're talking about $50,000 to $60,000 even higher than that. So the program is very cost effective, and it helps lots of people and saves the state millions of dollars".

Right now there's a big waiting list for the options program.

So the commission is looking for ways to serve more people and work with the food bank to ensure seniors get nutritious meals.

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