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County ‘Senior Summit’ slated for November

The upcoming Senior Summit IV and Expo is truly a “one-stop shop” informational event every senior in Knox County should attend.

Hosted by Knox County Mayor Michael Ragsdale, the Senior Summit, a free event just for seniors, starts off an information-packed day with breakfast and Ragsdale’s State of the Knox County Seniors address.

“The seniors in Knox County built and established our fantastic community,” Ragsdale said. “Now it’s our responsibility to make sure they have the information they need for the next phase of their lives.”

This year’s Senior Summit is from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Knoxville Convention Center.

State Rep. Joe Armstrong’s keynote speech will accompany Ragsdale’s address during the opening session. Other activities include flu shots, exhibits with a wealth of information and a variety of give-away items for seniors, entertainment, bingo, and workshops of particular interest to seniors.

“The Senior Summit truly offers seniors a one-stop shopping experience to help them address the major issues that affect them,” Ragsdale said. “The workshops, in particular, will provide timely information for seniors, like healthcare, housing, planning for your future and successful grandparenting.”

One workshop entitled, “Up, Up and Away: Dealing with Rising Prescription Costs and Shrinking Benefits,” will discuss the new Medicare Part D prescription coverage, TennCare options, and seniors’ legal rights concerning healthcare.

Another workshop, “If the House Fits: Housing Solutions that Work for You,” allows seniors to participate in a discussion of innovative housing concepts, housing “visitability” and housing options that include assisted living and in-home services.

“The Best is Yet to Come: Planning Your Future and Avoiding Pitfalls and Scams,” will include a panel of attorneys, adult protective services representatives and other consumer advocates. Seniors will learn about current scams, legal documents that can help protect them and tools they can use to plan for the future and avoid being exploited.

The workshop, “Grandparent-ing: Not for the Faint of Heart,” will explore topics unique to grandparents, including communicating with grandchildren, dealing with behavioral problems, grandparents serving as parents and legal issues related to grandparents.

“This privately underwritten event brings seniors together with the agencies and service providers that can help meet their needs,” Ragsdale said. “We have nearly seventy thousand citizens age sixty and older in Knox County. We must continue to help them.”

All seniors and interested individuals are welcome to attend the No Senior Left Behind, Knox County Senior Summit IV and Expo. Free parking for the Senior Summit is available at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum with continuous, free shuttle service provided to and from the Knoxville Convention Center.

For the breakfast, reservations are required by Nov. 7. To make reservations, visit and fill out the online registration form. For more information about the Senior Summit, call 865-215-HELP.


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