The Aging Commission of the Mid-South (ACMS) is the designated Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD) for Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton Counties in West Tennessee. There are eight other AAADs across the state of Tennessee (to find another AAAD in Tennessee click here) and 655 across the United States. Each state has what is called a “state unit on aging” and in Tennessee the State Unit on Aging is called the Tennessee Commission on Aging & Disability (TCAD). All of the area agencies on aging across the country, along with state units on aging and our provider partners, are collectively called the Aging Network. The Aging Commission is a member of the Aging Network.
What we do...
As our nation begins to experience rapid population changes due to “Baby Boomers” reaching retirement age, it must prepare itself to handle that growth. We, along with TCAD and the other AAADs in Tennessee, spearhead planning efforts to ensure the state of Tennessee and the entire nation are ready to accommodate the growing aging population.
The Aging Commission also undertakes advocacy efforts on behalf of older adults and adults with disabilities and funds local programs for the aged and disabled through grants. We partner with provider agencies to make services for older adults and adults with disabilities available in our community. Each year, ACMS puts more than 10 million dollars in services out into the community.
The Aging Commission prepares and distributes a “Senior Information Handbook” and manages the “Fans for Seniors” program. The Aging Commission also manages the District Conservator and Public Guardianship Program.