PLEASE CALL THE SMILE ON 60+ Hotline:

1-800-509-6055

SMILE ON 60+ Frequently Asked Questions

What is SMILE ON 60+?

SMILE ON 60+ is a statewide initiative with the goal of improving the overall health of low-income, mobile seniors age 60+ through access to oral healthcare services and community education.  SMILE ON 60+ will evaluate, educate, and navigate seniors into dental homes and then transport, treat, and repeat.

The funding for this project was provided through a grant awarded by the Davidson County Chancery Court, Part III from the SeniorTrust/ElderTrust settlement (Case No. 11-1548-III) and through a contract administered by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.

Am I eligible for SMILE ON 60+?

  • The client must be a minimum of 60 years old;
  • be a Tennessee resident;
  • have an income level below 200% poverty, and
  • be dentally uninsured.

What services are offered through SMILE ON 60+?

  •  All preventive, emergent, and basic restorative procedures and dentures are covered
  • Education workshops are at no charge, and all attendants receive free oral hygiene kits
  • Transportation assistance in the form of travel vouchers are available based on need
  • Case Management, through Community Dental Health Coordinators (CDHCs) , is available to help seniors navigate available services and eliminate barriers to treatment

What is the cost to receive services in SMILE ON 60+?

Seniors only need to appear on the registration list at a provider partner clinic and contribute a facility fee of $25 at each appointment.

How do I become a SMILE ON 60+ Patient?

If you believe you meet the eligibility criteria, you may contact 1-800-509-6055 for pre-screening, a referral to the Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) in your region, or a referral to the Dental Provider Partner closest to your home or work.

SeniorTrust/ElderTrust Grant

The funding for this project was provided through a grant awarded by the Davidson County Chancery Court, Part III from the SeniorTrust/ElderTrust settlement (Case No. 11-1548-III) and through a contract administered by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. 

Pursuant to the settlement of two related Chancery Court cases in Davidson County, Tennessee, approximately $36 million in funding is being granted to six different organizations in the State for the purposes of implementing statewide initiatives designed to make lives better for older Tennesseans.  Through the efforts of the Court and a group of five philanthropic organizations who provided their expertise, a process was developed to accept and then carefully vet statewide proposals in four specific areas for innovation, ability to implement, and sustainability.  The process took almost two years to complete.

The four areas were selected based upon statewide need and a history of limited resources.  They are:

Senior Legal Assistance

Senior Affordable Housing

Senior Transportation

Senior Dental

The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (“TCAD”) is overseeing the administration of the grants. Because of the importance of this effort for older Tennesseans, TCAD and the five philanthropic organizations involved in the distribution of the grants all committed to continuing to work (for no compensation) and oversee these grants so that they achieve their overall purpose.

Statewide SeniorTrust/ElderTrust Partner Projects

Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services

Through a first-of-its-kind alliance, the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) and the four Legal Aid Societies from across the state will provide direct legal assistance (accessing benefits, avoiding elder abuse, core housing issues, and estate planning) to approximately 8,500 older Tennesseans. View a map of alliance services by Tennessee county.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will provide home modifications for more than 1,000 older Tennesseans. These home modifications will allow seniors to age in place in their own homes.

Westminster Home Connection

Westminster Home Connection will provide critical home repairs, as well as sort-pack-move services, for older Tennesseans in the East, Middle, and West regions. These home modifications will allow seniors to age in place in their own homes, and the sort-pack-move services will assist older Tennesseans as they transition to other housing options.

Southwest Tennessee Development District

The MyRide TN  Senior Volunteer Transportation project will create and implement thirty new volunteer senior transportation projects across the state. These new projects are estimated to serve approximately 7,500 older Tennesseans. 

Nashville Public Television (NPT)

NPT will implement a multi-platform education and community engagement project focusing on senior dental and legal issues, producing two new documentaries: Aging Matters: Senior Dental and Aging Matters: Senior Legal Issues