CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — According to the U.S. Census Bureau the number of seniors in Tennessee is expected to nearly double by 2025. To address this growing population and its unique needs, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is launching its first Silver Life Center (SLC) on Monday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. at its headquarters in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The SLC is designed to offer services to seniors with membership in a BlueCross health plan, but will accommodate any senior or relative caregiver seeking information or services regardless of their membership status. Services such as wellness and care management, educational resources and access to the Internet will be available.

“We want the Silver Life Center to create in the senior population a sense of partnership and participation with BlueCross,” said Sharon Dicorato, manager of Medicare community programs for BlueCross’ senior care division. “Whether it’s an event specifically geared for seniors, a volunteer activity to support the community, or seeking out information on their well-being, we want to engage them.”

To address senior health, the SLC will include a fully equipped, state-of-the-art examination room where a variety of health screening services will be available to BlueCross members. Screenings include health risk assessments and flu shots as well as biometric and blood pressure screenings.

Dr. Stephen Walker, medical director for BlueCross’ senior care division, compared the SLC to a connector to better health for Tennessee’s seniors.

“We’ve designed the center to help address all aspects of our seniors’ health. From physical needs to mental health and insurance coverage, we are providing a one-stop resource,” Walker said. “It’s all about engagement and support.”

According to Dicorato, the center will occupy a store-front retail space but will be designed to have a living room ambiance, which should increase the comfort level of the seniors. Features such as materials with larger print and full handicap accessibility are additional details that are aimed to make the seniors feel at home.

The Chattanooga-based SLC will serve the southeast Tennessee region. Operating hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no fee to access the center and parking is free.

About the Senior Care Division, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s senior care division serves many of the state’s Medicare beneficiaries through its Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and Medicare Part D products and services. Its mission is to deliver creative, simple solutions that preserve health and enhance life. This is achieved by use of health information technology, health coaching, care management and an array of programs and products that help drive improved quality and work to keep costs affordable for its members. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit www.bcbst-medicare.com.