Did you know? Sharing your time and talents can change lives, while also improving your mental and physical health. That’s why millions of seniors stay active and engaged in their local communities through volunteering. Here’s how seniors in Knoxville can lend a hand around town and volunteer.
Assist your local humane society caring for rescue dogs and cats, and helping with animal adoptions. Regular animal interactions can also benefit your emotional, physical, and mental health.
In Your Neighborhood: This Knoxville-area Humane Society is the longest-standing animal shelter in Tennessee. Register for a volunteer orientation to learn how you can help.
Have a specific skill or interest? There are plenty of opportunities to pool knowledge and give back to others. Sharing your skills and experience helps those in need, but it also can give your self-confidence a boost and keep your mind active.
In Your Neighborhood: Do you love to cook or drive? The Love Kitchen provides meals to the homebound and homeless in Knoxville. Volunteers help prepare and deliver food weekly. Apply on their website to volunteer.
Many organizations focus on gardening, building, and clean-up projects to improve the local landscape. Engaging in outdoor activities may elevate your mood and physical health.
In Your Neighborhood: Keep Knoxville Beautiful volunteers plant bulbs and trees, paint over graffiti, remove litter in public spaces, and much more. Get more information on the organization’s website.
Share your expertise and life experiences with tomorrow’s grownups. Intergenerational relationships are mutually beneficial, providing a greater sense of purpose and self-confidence to both adult and child.
In Your Neighborhood: Big Brothers, Big Sisters of East Tennessee pairs a supportive adult mentor with a child facing adversity. Learn how to make an impact on a young person’s life.
With these resources, finding the right volunteer opportunity is just a few clicks away. Prime Independent Living understands the importance of giving back, which is why we support our Prime Ambassadors and Innovators dedicated to living a life of service.
At Prime Independent Living, we know that you’ve spent your life working hard, diligently saving, and planning for each new adventure. Unfortunately, so do those seeking to perpetrate fraud. The FBI warns that fraudsters are betting you have a nest egg and that you likely aren’t on the lookout for someone to take it. As with many crimes, one of the best ways to fight back is to educate yourself.
According to the National Council on Aging, scams targeting older adults are considered, “the crime of the 21st century.” One of the most common scams is a phone call from the Social Security Administration. Someone posing as a representative will claim they need to verify some information and ask you to share personal details over the phone. This request is usually coupled with a threat of legal action if the information is not provided – a situation anyone would want to avoid. What do you do in this scenario?
NCOA states that the best rule of thumb is to hang up, even if they share correct, personal information about you. Know that the Social Security Administration (or bank, or insurance company), “will rarely contact persons by phone … and they never make threats of arrest or legal action,” per the NCOA.
Another common scheme is when an individual calls claiming to be a relative (often a grandchild) in distress, and in need of money. The NCOA calls this the “grandparent scam.” Talk about pulling on your heartstrings! Thankfully, this one is also simple to handle. All you need to do is tell the caller you will call them back on the number you have for them. That’s it! If they are who they say they are, they’ll answer the phone when you return the call.
You’ve worked hard to be able to retire with your peace of mind and finances intact. That’s why Prime Independent Living is committed to sharing the latest senior fraud prevention research.
But ensuring your financial future is about more than just being on the lookout for scammers. We pride ourselves on offering an affordable option for seniors looking to live in a community with convenient amenities and services. Reach out to us today to discover how we can achieve more together.