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Older Adults

More than 10% of Dallas County residents are age 65 or older.

While insured through Medicare, Social Security-dependent seniors are slipping behind financially. According to the AARP, older workers who lose their jobs spend longer periods out of work, and if they do find another job, it tends to pay less than the one they left. In Texas, 10% of all elderly live in poverty, a rate that continues to be higher than the national average.

There are many nonprofits in North Texas devoted to assisting elderly North Texas residents. Below you can find information about these nonprofits in North Texas and projects that you can help fund.

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Care & Prepare's mission is to stimulate end of life conversations through education. Their core program is "Let’s Talk!” an interactive Caregiver event exploring Community resources and importance of Advance Care Planning (ACP). In 2018, they trained four new doctors in the Serious Illness Care Program; Respecting Choices trained a record 49 facilitators & five instructors; and they made almost 700 connections with the community in 2019. Funds will support ACP modeling of best practice for volunteers and healthcare professionals via a Speakers Bureau, building an ACP referral network and daily operations.

Coalition for Aging LGBT seeks to improve and protect the quality of life of elderly LGBT in Texas in the areas of health, housing, advocacy, financial security and social services. Programming consists of housing, a comprehensive assessment of and training of retirement facilities known as the LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Guide; Social Engagement, which includes events that alleviate social isolation and provide resources. Other programs touch on the topics of advocacy and healthcare. Programs helped improve the lives of over 600 seniors and trained 17 retirement communities that led to an increase in staff LGBT competency. Funding would be most helpful in the areas of programs and general operating support for the Housing and Social Engagement Initiatives.

For Love & Art (FLA) aims to bring the Art Experience to those with limited mobility. For Love & Art stimulates art appreciation while empowering caregivers to love people in creative ways. FLA has one core program, “Celebrating the Art Experience,” an hour-long therapeutic engagement that creatively and effectively elevates the psychosocial, cognitive, spiritual, and physical quality of life for all participants. In the past year, FLA has elevated the quality of life for 16,096 seniors at 54 DFW facilities, and established partnerships with 30 worldwide museums. Funding will support the Celebrating the Art Experience in senior facilities.

The mission of the Good Samaritan Society is dedicated to sharing God's love through the work of health, healing and comfort. Core programs include a benevolent care fund for seniors under care who have outlived their income, wellness programing catered to improving cognitive function and exercises geared toward seniors level, spiritual ministries through chaplaincy endowments and further spiritual life on campus. In 2018, they served over 400 seniors in Denton and saw improvement in residents' physical and mental health with wellness programing. Funds are requested for benevolent care and arts programming for seniors with dementia.

The mission of Guardianship Services, Inc. (GSI) is to provide guardianship and supports and services for at-risk adults in Tarrant County. Core programs include the guardianship program, money management program, and financial exploitation prevention program. In 2018, GSI served 403 guardianship clients, 314 money management clients, and assisted the District Attorney collect over $1 million in restitution. Funds are requested to expand the financial exploitation prevention center into areas beyond Fort Worth, especially into Arlington.

Hearts for Homes seeks to improve the living conditions of low-income senior homeowners, age 60 and older, in Denton County, TX. Core programs include Home Repair, which provides no-cost home repairs; Case Management to review client applications and check in on clients regularly; and Christmas Baskets, which offers baskets of non-perishable food items and durable goods to clients for the holidays. Hearts of Homes has increased clients served by 25% since 2016 and recently secured funds necessary to complete 18 roof repairs and 9 tub-to-shower conversions. Funds are needed for general operating costs in order to grow to meet demand and sustain our programs to serve an increasing senior population.

The James L. West Center for Dementia Care serves persons with dementia disorders and their families in a compassionate and spiritual environment. Since 1993, the James L. West Center for Dementia Care has been dedicated to providing individualized care and support to enhance the quality and dignity of each person's life throughout the course of the disease. Core services include Adult Day Care, Caregiver Education, and Residential Care. More than 24 education and healthcare organizations use the West Center as their clinical class site to learn about the complexities of aging. Funds will provide operating support for the Center's dementia-specific Senior Adult Day Care, financial aid program, and education classes.

Juliette Fowler Communities provides the dignity of choice, builds community, and creates meaningful connections for the children, youth, and elders that they serve. Juliette Fowler Communities includes independent and assisted living, health and rehabilitation services, memory support, a foster care and adoption program, and The Ebby House for young women who have aged out of foster care or are at risk of homelessness due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. Fowler is a five-star quality health and rehab community & achieved Best Nursing Center ranking for three consecutive years(US News and World Report). Funding will support the Intergenerational Community (the only such community in Texas), One Heart Fund for low-income residents, and The Ebby House.

The mission of the Wellness Center for Older Adults (WCOA) is to assist older adults achieve their highest level of physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Their three core programs include Preventive Healthcare for a nominal fee, and no-cost Information, Referral & Assistance (IR&A) and Mental Health Counseling. As of October 2019, WCOA has provided 4,264 services to 1,507 seniors for the year, and. assisted clients obtain roughly $66,400 in savings through its IR&A program. Funding will support program staff salaries and operating expenses for all three programs allowing them to provide services to seniors at little to no cost.

Meals on Wheels Senior Services helps keep the elderly living in their homes as long as safely possible through nutritious meals, daily human contact, and supportive services. Core programs include the Nutrition Program, Allan's Companions, and the Ani-Meals Pet Program. With Rockwall being one of the fastest-growing counties in Texas and the increase of older adults in the county, there is a high demand for supportive services needed to maintain their independence. In the past year, Meals on Wheels Senior Services provided 65,000 meals and supportive services to 600 seniors and people with disabilities with a volunteer base of 100%. Funding will support the cost of meals for the Nutrition Program for elderly and disabled citizens.

Meals-On-Wheels Inc of Tarrant County's mission is to promote dignity and independence of homebound elderly and disabled persons by delivering nutritious meals and supportive services. Core offerings include the Home-Delivered Meals program which provides professional case management and fresh nutritious meals to homebound elderly and disabled residents of Tarrant County each weekday; and the Client Assistance program which offers supportive services to meal clients. They provided 895,676 meals last fiscal year to 4,260 unduplicated clients and made 11,338 in-home case management visits. Funds are requested to provide meals and supportive services to clients, and purchase a new Rational Combi-Oven for meal preparation.

Mid-Cities Care Corps' mission is working together to preserve the independence and well being of senior neighbors in Northeast Tarrant County. Programs include Transportation, which involves driving seniors to medical appointments; Helping Hands, which involves assisting seniors with minor home repairs, building wheel-chair ramps, installing grab-bars, adopt-a-lawn projects, and group projects; and 3) Social Outreach, which prevents isolation among seniors with social events. In 2018, Mid-Cities expanded Helping Hands and Social Outreach programs, which is a reflection of collaborative efforts with community partners. Funds are requested to support all three of their programs.

Seniors' Pet Assistance Network's (SPAN) mission is to secure joyful, healthy relationships between low-income seniors and their companion animals. Core programs serve low-income Dallas County seniors who are 67 or older, living on a fixed income of $1,200/month or less. SPAN provides pet food and supplies to clients and pays for basic veterinary services, including annual exams, tests, and preventatives for heartworms and fleas to increase their service and impact. In the last year, SPAN hired their first employee, a part-time Executive Director, and updated their logo and mission statement. Funds will support the purchase of pet food and supplies and pay for veterinary visits.

The Senior Source seeks to improve the overall quality of life and empower all older adults in greater Dallas to thrive. Core programs include the Elder Financial Safety Center, which provides integrated economic stability services; Caregiver Support Program, which addresses the needs of caregivers of older adults; and Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, which advocates for the rights of residents in long-term care facilities. 84.2% of caregivers report less stress and 943 older adult volunteers gave more than 264,000 hours of service to the community. Funds are needed to support our services to low-income older adults and our services to caregivers of the elderly.

The mission of Tyler Street Tower is to provide safe, affordable housing and social services to lower-income older adults. Core programs include affordable housing for lower-income older adults, social work services such as Veteran and homeless support groups, cost-free transportation to medical appointments, and daily planned activities. Since 2015, TST has provided housing to 61 homeless Veterans, provided services to over 450 lower-income older adults and opened an outreach center. Funding will support the purchase of mattresses/bedding for our Veteran's transitioning out of homelessness and replacing the building's roof.

VNA's mission is to help people age with dignity and independence at home. Since 1934, VNA has been committed to providing the highest quality care to the elderly, frail, disabled and dying. VNA’s programs include Meals on Wheels throughout Dallas County and VNA Hospice Care, Palliative Care and Private Care in 13 North Texas counties. VNA launched innovative technology including a mobile delivery app and has had great success with the palliative care program, VNA Care Choices. VNA seeks funding for nursing visits and meals for hungry, homebound seniors, and funds to provide charitable hospice care to those without Medicare.

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