Dallas Senior Services

More than 150,000 seniors call the city of Dallas home. Besides the obvious advantages of living in Dallas—mild winters, a thriving arts scene, great restaurants—these folks have access to dozens of senior service programs designed to help out with everything from hot meals and transportation to physical fitness and an active social life. Check out these 10 Dallas-area senior services to see what’s available for you or your friends and family.

Brady Senior Center on South Hall Street is Catholic Charities of Dallas’ social hub for adults over 60. Come by for breakfast or lunch on weekdays and stay for games, classes, dances, and receive help applying for benefits. Transportation is available to seniors within 7 miles of the center.

Dallas Area Agency on Aging serves seniors with limited resources who need help with hot meals, transportation, benefits programs, and wellness education.

Dallas County Health and Human Services operates 9 senior centers in Dallas and 1 in Richardson, with transportation available. Participants enjoy lunch, field trips, dancing and general fitness classes, and more.

Dallas Housing and Community Service Department provides case management for residents who need help with housing, consumer problems, wheelchair ramp installation at home, and other quality-of-life issues.

Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas helps local seniors through care needs assessment and management, paperwork help, housekeeping, transportation, meal delivery, and counseling services. JFS also hosts support groups for seniors with dementia and for family caregivers.

Methodist Generations is the Dallas Methodist Health System’s program for adults age 55 and up. Participants get discounts on fitness center memberships, meals and parking. Generations also hosts free or low-cost classes on Tai Chi, cooking, meditation for stress relief, driver safety, and computers. Members can also attend book club and support group meetings.

Resource Center Dallas’ Gray Pride program offers “Senior Moments” social gatherings, holiday parties, counseling, and classes on senior issues for LGBTQ people in the Metroplex.

The Senior Source is a non-profit group that helps older adults with care support, job-hunting and volunteer opportunities. Programs include:

Senior Companions, which pairs older volunteers with elderly clients who are aging in place

Foster Grandparents, which matches seniors with local children for mentorship in schools, homeless shelters, and hospitals, and   

RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which helps 200+ local groups find volunteer help from older adults.

VNA Meals on Wheels delivers hot meals on weekdays to homebound seniors who would otherwise be at risk of hunger or poor nutrition.  Every weekday, VNA delivers more than 4,000 meals freshly made in the country’s largest Meals on Wheels kitchen. Meals on Wheels clients who own pets can also receive pet food from VNA.

Have a need you don’t see mentioned here? Get in touch with The Senior Source, the Dallas Area Agency on Aging, or one of the other groups here and ask if they can point you in the right direction. You may also find more senior services by checking with the hospitals, libraries, community centers, and places of worship in your neighborhood.

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