Seniors OUT for Coffee
We Care Calls
The We Care Call program is an OUTMemphis project created by the Senior Services committee. The program is free to all Senior clients. The program is operated by volunteers who are available to make weekly phone calls for outreach to LGBT seniors age 55 years old and older. The program was designed for LGBT seniors who live in the Mid-South area and may want/need a weekly telephone call for support. The program matches frail, home-bound, or isolated LGBT seniors AND LGBT caretakers with volunteers from the Mid-South community.
Want to sign up to receive a weekly care call? Click here to register.
Want to volunteer to call an LGBTQ senior once a week? Click here to sign up. (Make sure to include “We Care Calls” somewhere on your volunteer sign up form!)
To be eligible to receive calls through the We Care Call program, you must:
• Identify as LGBT
• Be 55 years and older
• Be generally home-bound due to long-term illness, age or current situation
• Or be a responsible caretaker of LGBT spouse, partner or significant other
• Or be isolated because people around you do not know you are LGBT
For more information please email email@example.com
Would you like to make a difference in your community?
Are you 55 or older?
Do you identify as LGBTQ?
If so, then come volunteer with Gray Gays: an initiative to improve Memphis by working together on local community projects.
As a part of Gray Gays, you’ll be able to volunteer on projects and events of your choosing with other LGBTQ seniors.
For more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors OUT & About
The OUTMemphis Senior Services Committee organizes fieldtrips in the community for LGBTQ seniors three to four times per year.
Past events have included trips to the zoo, plays, and museums.
Come have an adventure with us! Subscribe to OUTMemphis’s weekly email newsletter or keep an eye on the OUTMemphis calendar to hear about our next outing.
Resources for LGBTQ Seniors in the Mid-South
*Please note that resources with an asterick (*) have not been vetted for their competence with LGBTQ individuals, however they may be useful for LGBTQ seniors living in the Mid-South.
Shelby County Aging Commission*
The Commission’s Senior Information Handbook is compiled by the Shelby County Aging Commission and updated annually. It includes a wide range of community resources for seniors living in and around the Mid-South.
For additional services, call the Aging Commission Information and Assistance staff at 901-222-4111 or 866-836-6678. Services include help with issues involving: Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, utilities assistance, wheel tax and property tax assistance, caregiving, counseling, meals, transportation, long-term care, and more.
Memphis Public Library LINC 2-1-1 Help Line*
LINC, in conjunction with United Way of the Mid-South, is a local source for community resources. LINC maintains a large, comprehensive database of human services organizations, government agencies, and volunteer groups, which can be accessed by dialing 2-1-1.
LINC can be accessed by calling 2-1-1 or online here.
Memphis Council of the Blind (MCB)*
The Memphis Council of the Blind is one of five not-for-profit chapters across the state whose members are concerned with the dignity and well-being of blind and vision-impaired West Tennesseans.
MCB Services include:
Education assistance for blind and visually impaired individuals.
Acquire visual aids and adaptive technology.
Educate the public about legislation that affects blind and visually impaired individuals.
Sponsor social activities and events that enrich the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals.
Find out more online, call the MCB Information Line at (901) 821-0005 or send them an email.
If you or someone you know has a legal question, contact the Lambda Legal Help Desk, or call the Southern Regional Office at (404) 897-1880 (or toll-free: (866) 542-8336).
Elder Abuse/Neglect and Reporting by State
Tennessee Department of Human Services
Adult Protective Services (APS) staff investigate reports of abuse, neglect (including self-neglect), or financial exploitation of adults who are unable to protect themselves due to a physical or mental limitation. APS staff assess the need for protective services and provide services to reduce the identified risk to the adult.
For more information about Adult Protective Services in Tennessee, visit them online.
To report suspicions of abuse/neglect/exploitation of adults when the suspected abuse/ neglect/exploitation took place in Tennessee, call 888-277-8366 or report suspected abuse online.
Arkansas Department of Human Services
The Arkansas Division of Aging and Adult Services promotes the health, safety, and independence of older Arkansans and adults with physical disabilities. To learn more about their programs and services, visit them on the web.
If you suspect an adult is being abused or neglected at home or in a care facility in Arkansas, please call the Arkansas Adult Abuse Hotline at 800-482-8049 to make a confidential report.