Senior Resources in Dallas-Fort Worth
The golden years should be a joyful and peace-filled time of life for seniors in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Aging can present some challenges such as reduced mobility, a lack of access to nutritious meals, difficulty accessing health services, and social isolation, but there are solutions available to all those problems from qualified organizations in North Texas. If you are not sure where to start with getting assistance for yourself or an elderly family member, we have created a list of resources designed to enhance quality of life for seniors and help them retain their independence.
Sixty & Better
1400 Circle Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Getting out of the house to socialize with friends, stay active, and have some fun is a critically important part of mental and physical wellbeing for seniors. Sixty & Better, "where healthy aging begins," is an organization dedicated to helping seniors successfully manage the challenges of aging—and make some new friends at the same time. That includes classes such as the Aging Mastery Program, which focuses on positive aging through health, finances, relationships, personal growth, and community involvement. It also includes support for grandparents who are raising grandchildren, weekly phone calls to seniors who are looking for some friendly conversation, and much more.
The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Tarrant County (ADRC)
Phone: 855-YES-ADRC (855-937-2372)
1300 Circle Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Are you a senior or a person with disabilities who lives in the 76010 or 76011 area codes, or a caregiver for someone in the area? If you or a loved one needs assistance with issues such as finding and paying for healthy food, fixing meals, or just feeling sad and overwhelmed, the ADRC can help. This organization seeks to empower seniors and those with disabilities by connecting them with services and support systems that can get them on track to a healthier, happier life. That includes mental health support, community care options, and housing navigation services. You may be able to access free or low-cost services through the Community Impact Grant from Texas Health Resources.
Meals on Wheels of North Central Texas
106 E Kilpatrick St
Cleburne TX 76031-1805
Preparing nutritious cooked meals can be a big challenge, and not everyone is able to get out of the house to buy a meal, or can afford to do so. With Meals on Wheels, caring volunteers deliver tasty, nutritious meals to seniors in North Texas. The food is heart healthy and diabetic-friendly, and Meals on Wheels is able to accommodate clients with different dietary restrictions and needs as well, including vegetarians. Meals on Wheels of North Central Texas serves those in Johnson, Ellis, and Navarro counties, but if you are in another part of Texas you can check www.mealsonwheelstexas.org/search-mow/ to find a meal provider in your area.
Dallas Area Agency on Aging
1341 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 1000W
Dallas, TX 75247
This is a comprehensive, integrated service access system for older adults in Dallas County and their caregivers. Dallas Area Agency on Aging provides services such as information, referrals, and assistance to help older adults connect with the resources they need. It also provides care coordination and family caregiver support services such as minor home repair, chore services, personal assistance, health maintenance, income support, and respite care to ensure that seniors and caregivers are getting the help they need to live healthy, happy lives. Do you want to access benefits such as Medicare, but you aren't sure how to navigate all the red tape and get what you are entitled to? The Benefits Counseling Program will assist you with objective advice on eligibility, benefits and options, and health insurance.
Mid-Cities Care Corps
745 W. Pipeline Rd.
Hurst, TX 76053
This non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving the independence and wellbeing of seniors in Northeast Tarrant County with programs and events. The programs are for seniors over 65, or 60+ with a disability. Services include transportation to medical appointments, or quality-of-life drives, as well as assistance with minor home repairs, wheelchair ramp installation, lawn care, and more. Mid-Cities Care Corps also offers social outreach to help seniors connect with new friends, such as monthly Senior Social events, visits and phone calls from volunteers, and holiday outreach with gifts and food baskets to make the holiday season special.
The Senior Source
3910 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, Texas 75219
The Senior Source is a "one-stop shop" for all the resources on aging you may need to enhance the quality of your life, or the life of a senior in your care. That could include financial advice, guidance on nursing homes, or help forming social connections with others. The Senior Source offers assistance with fraud and scams, employment services, family caregiver support, and senior volunteer programs as well, for those who want to get out of the house, socialize, and make a positive impact on their community. In addition, they offer classes such as Live at Home Exercise for Older Adults, or a Spanish-speaking virtual support group for caregivers.
Seniors' Pet Assistance Network
P.O. Box 821173
Dallas, TX 75382-1173
Human relationships are, of course, very important—and the company of a beloved pet can be equally important to seniors who have formed a lasting relationship with an animal companion. But it can be a major source of stress when there are not enough funds to cover the cost of pet food, kitty litter, and veterinary visits. According to Seniors' Pet Assistance Network (SPAN), there may be around 5,000 seniors in Dallas County who are living below the poverty line and have pets. SPAN volunteers deliver pet food and cat litter to seniors and their furry friends who need it, so they can continue to live together without worrying about the cost of pet ownership. Veterinary assistance is available as well.
Legal & Financial Support
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas
625 Dallas Drive, Suite 350
Denton, TX 76205
Low-income residents in 114 counties throughout North and West Texas can access free civil legal help through representation and advocacy from this non-profit organization. They are able to assist with civil law cases for matters such as bankruptcy, estate planning, and eldercare issues, which does NOT include criminal, business, and immigration cases. However, it may be possible to make an exception for immigration matters that are related to domestic violence, human trafficking, or other U-Visa or VAWA issues. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or legal aliens. You can apply for assistance online or by phone. Access pandemic and disaster resources here: internet.lanwt.org/COVID-19
Tarrant County Bar Association
1315 Calhoun Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
The Tarrant County Bar Association offers a community service program called LegalLine, where attorneys volunteer to offer free legal advice by phone to residents of Tarrant County on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 6 pm to 8 pm. Along with seeking answers to legal questions, callers can request referrals to local legal or social service agencies. You do need to register before calling by going to this web page: www.tarrantbar.org/?pg=LegalLine and clicking the LegalLine Sign Up button. You can also download an Elder Law Handbook on this web page: www.tarrantbar.org/?pg=Elder-Law-Handbook
Texas Weatherization Assistance Program
Are you struggling to pay utility bills for heating and cooling in your home? Do you notice chilly air drafts coming into your home at vulnerable points like window and door frames? Low-income elderly and disabled adults or families can get weatherization services through the Texas Weatherization Assistance Program that will prevent energy loss, make your home a lot more comfortable, and decrease the amount you have to pay on your monthly utility bill. That includes services such as caulking, insulation installation for walls, ceilings, and floors, siding repair, cleaning and repairing ductwork, and other services that will make your home more energy efficient to reduce energy costs.
Senior Dental Healthcare Program
North Dallas Shared Ministries
2875 Merrell Road, Dallas, Texas 75229
4104 Junius Street, Dallas, Texas 75246
Dr. M.C. Cooper Clinic
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
4570 Scyene Rd. Dallas, TX 75210
Dental health is a critical part of the overall health of an individual at any age, and dental problems can seriously lower quality of life or even shorten an individual's lifespan. That is why it is so important that seniors be able to access full dental services, regardless of income. The City of Dallas Senior Services offers a program that provides dental health services to low or moderate income seniors who are 60 or older and living within the City of Dallas. Those services include exams, cleanings, fluoride treatment, sealants, flings, extractions, root canals, treatment for infections, and oral health education. The program is administered by the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry at the above locations. Eligible residents can schedule an appointment by calling North Dallas Shared Ministries or the Agape Clinic.
The North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging
616 Six Flags Drive (Centerpoint Two)
Arlington, TX 76011
The North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging, which is funded in part by Texas Health and Human Services, is a coordinated network of health and social services for older adults and family caregivers. By providing information, direct services, and education, the program helps older adults improve their quality of life and maintain an independent way of life. If you need assistance meeting basic needs and making informed decisions about your care or the care of a loved one, they are there to help. Services are accessible to residents of Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, and Wise counties.
DART Rider Assistance Program
Do you need transportation to medical appointments and other outings? If you are a resident of a qualified city or area code in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and you are aged 65 or older, or have a certified disability, you can get help from the DART Rides program. To participate, you must enroll online at emt.routematch.com/customer?a=us_tx_dart or by contacting DART Mobility Management Services at 214-828-6717. There are a variety of vehicle types in the program, and a vehicle that is suitable for the mobility needs indicated in your profile will be sent when you request a ride.
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