Are you currently looking for an opportunity to volunteer locally? The Upper Cumberland State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) are conducting a series of volunteer training days on July 22 and July 23 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD) office located at 1104 England Dr. in Cookeville. These training days are available for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with the program. Please contact Trish Cook, SHIP, SMP, and MIPPA Volunteer Coordinator for UCDD/AAAD, by phone at (931) 476-4147 or by email at to register or learn more.

SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) and SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) are administered locally with UCDD and cover all 14 Upper Cumberland counties. SHIP/SMP representatives provide free and unbiased Medicare counseling for any questions, abuse, or concerns; they will also screen Medicare beneficiaries for Low-Income Assistance Programs. SHIP is a federally funded program administered through the Area Agency on Aging & Disability. Got Medicare? Got Questions? Call SHIP at 1-877-801-0044 or 931-432-4150.

The Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD), a division of the Upper Cumberland Development District, connects older adults and adults with disabilities in the 14-county Upper Cumberland region with services and resources to improve their quality of life. Find the AAAD on the web at and at Find UC SHIP on Facebook at and TN SMP at