Knoxville leaders discuss creating a more senior, handicap friendly city

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The city held its first Livability Summitt Thursday, which brought together more than 400 elected officials, advocates, experts and caregivers to discuss how to make Knoxville more accessible especially for seniors and residents with disabilities.

The event, held at Rothchild, featured workshops and focused on what can be improved in Knoxville and East Tennessee. Many attending the summit said the biggest need is transportation and housing.

Still1112_00002“As we get older, we are not as alert when we drive and sometimes can be dangerous on the road,” said Ludell Coffey. The 81-year-old said she thinks Knoxville is a great place to grow old, but believe many of the programs currently in place are becoming overwhelmed with the need for their services.

“There are people who need a lot help to stay at home,” said Coffey. “There are programs that are doing a great job, but they can’t take care of all the people, because there is not enough money to do that.”

Jeanen Jones, who lives at West View Towers, said thinks the city should do a better job of letting people know what programs are available. She said her apartment complex offers several  activities for seniors.

“I like it cause it’s centrally located on the bus line, we close to the mall, we have our own beauty shop and activities here for the seniors, there’s churches close by, restaurants and just a good place to be.” said Jones.

Organizers said those that could not attend the summit, but would still like to make a comment to the KNox County Office on Aging can visit knoxseniors.org or call (865) 524-2786.

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