Senior Citizens

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES

APS is responsible for investigating abuse, neglect and/or exploitation of adults who are elderly or have disabilities. The major components of APS are In-home Investigations and Services, and Facility Investigations. APS provides prevention and public awareness, handbooks, manuals, and rules. The mission of APS program: To protect older adults and persons with disabilities from abuse, neglect and exploitation by investigating and providing or arranging for services as necessary to alleviate or prevent further maltreatment.

AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER

Staff provides service navigation, person-and family-centered planning and the tools needed to support people who are aging or have a disability as well as their caregivers. The center enhances the exchange of information between Tarrant County Coalition of Aging and Disability Services (CADS) agencies, and works toward the transformation of the long-term service and support delivery system in Tarrant County. The Resource Center will be used for small group training. Services provide information and referral, respite care, counseling, personal assistance, financial assistance, and legal advice. Programs include: AAA Care Coordination – provides personal assistance, benefits counseling. Access and Assistance – assistance with prescription medication.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS (AARP)

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association dedicated to shaping and enriching the experience of aging for its members and all Americans. It serves its 32 million members’ needs and interests through information and education, research, advocacy, and community services. Through its publications, web site, and forums, AARP informs members and the public about consumer issues, economic security, work, health, and independent living issues. AARP engages in legislative, judicial, and consumer advocacy.

AREA AGENCY ON AGING

Advocate and leader in Tarrant County in providing services and opportunities for older people, enabling them to lead dignified, independent and productive lives. Services such as respite care, personal assistance, ramps and grab bars, benefits counseling and caregiver resources. Programs include legal awareness, nutrition, transportation, meals at Senior Centers, and home delivered meals.

CLEARINGHOUSE ON ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF THE ELDERLY

Located at the University of Delaware, is the nation’s largest archive of published research, training resources, government documents, and other sources on elder abuse including ElderCare locator, state resources, resources for families, Adult Protective Services, resources for professionals, nursing home abuse, publications, laws, statistic and research, training library. Funded by National Center on Elder Abuse.

ELDER OPTIONS OF TEXAS CONSUMER PROTECTION DIVISION OF THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General works to identify and aggressively prosecute those who cheat or deceive the elderly. The division files lawsuits under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and facilitates the resolution of disputes between consumers and businesses. The Consumer Protection Division focuses its efforts on:

  • The advertising and sale of insurance and retirement-oriented investments, financial planning services, estate planning and legal services directed at senior Texans;
  • The advertising and sale of home improvements, medical devices and other services and products that target seniors; and
  • Telemarketing and mail fraud aimed at senior citizens.

Through conferences, publications, videos and presentations to groups around our state, the Office of the Attorney General educates Texas seniors about personal security, elder abuse, consumer fraud and crime victims’ compensation.

GUARDIANSHIP SERVICES

Serves adults who lack the ability to manage personal or financial affairs. The Volunteer Guardian Program recruits, trains and supports volunteers who serve as volunteer guardians for adults who lack the capacity to make personal and business decisions and have no family members or friends to serve in that capacity. The Money Management Program utilizes volunteers in the roles of Bill Payers and Representative Payees.

NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR PREVENTION OF ELDER ABUSE

NCPEA is an association of researches, practitioners, educators, and advocates dedicated to protecting the safety, security, and dignity of older people. The mission of NCPEA is to prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older persons and adults with disabilities through research, advocacy, public and professional awareness, interdisciplinary exchange, and coalition building.

NATIONAL CENTER ON ELDER ABUSE

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. The NCEA disseminates elder abuse information to professionals and the public, and provides technical assistance and training to states and to community-based organizations. The NCEA makes news and resources available on-line; collaborates on research; provides training; identifies and provides information about promising practices and interventions; operates a listserve forum for professionals; and provides subject matter expertise on program and policy development.

SENIORS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TOGETHER (S.A.L.T.)

S.A.L.T. is a county-wide organization whose aim is to reduce the criminal victimization of older persons. S.A.L.T. was created by a joint effort between the Sheriff of Tarrant County, Municipal Chiefs, the Attorney Generals Office for the State of Texas and AARP. SA.L.T. sponsors an annual conference for seniors to explore senior issues such as crime prevention, senior health care and senior assistance, and information that affects seniors.

SENIOR CITIZEN SERVICES OF GREATER TARRANT COUNTY, INC.

Provides a wide range of programs and services that enable senior adults to live independently with dignity. Programs include:

  • Congregate meal program
  • Senior Centers – 30 senior centers offering services and activities
  • Retired and senior volunteer program – volunteers 55 and older involved in community service
  • Seniors and volunteers for childhood immunization – counsel parents and grandparents of newborns regarding the importance of immunization
  • Texercise – center based physical fitness and wellness program
  • Benefits counseling – information and assistance regarding public benefits and health insurance
  • Case management – assessment and coordination of services for senior center participants
  • Neighbor Helping Neighbor – help socially isolated seniors 65 and older.

Volunteers and professionals are involved in providing a variety of services: transportation, minor home repairs, shopping assistance, wheelchair ramps, safety equipment, yard maintenance, food bank pickup, household chores, visits by phone and in person, information and referral, and meals. (Currently available in certain areas)

SENIOR HOUSING from Best of the Web

Helpful resource for researching affordable senior housing on the Internet.

SENIOR SAFETY: INFORMATION TO KEEP ELDERLY SAFE

Website provides information about housing for seniors, links to topics including: Seniors and Health Safety, Scams and Crimes, Kitchen and Food Safety, Elder Abuse, Assisted Living and Nursing Home Safety.

UNITED WAY 2-1-1 INFORMATION AND REFERRAL SERVICE

Connects callers with information about caregiver support, child care, health services, financial assistance, food, housing, in-home services, legal assistance and transportation. The 2-1-1 program is a collaboration with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

WIDOWED PERSONS SERVICE

Grief support program utilizing trained volunteers for widowed persons provides telephone services, outreach, group sessions, social events, referral services, public education.