Healthy happy aging certainly does start with each of us, but we don’t have to do it alone. Do you know that Fort Worth has at least sixteen (16) Senior Center locations throughout the city geared toward meeting the needs of its older adults? Some centers even serve nutritious meals. Sometimes it’s more fun to eat with others than to eat alone, and who doesn’t like to take a mini-vacation from cooking. The meal menus are created by a registered dietician, and provide well-planned, balanced food that meets 1/3 of the recommended daily dietary allowance for adults. There is no income eligibility and no cost for the meals, but small donations, usually two dollars, are always welcome.That’s not going to break anyone, Annie hopes, but if you don’t have it, you won’t be turned away.
There are weekly activities designed to enhance and sustain physical, mental and emotional wellness, including health, fitness, education, arts, volunteerism, excursions, and recreational programs. Who wants to sit home and vegetate?
By providing transportation to local senior centers and beyond, seniors gain access to community resources, including meals, grocery shopping, social activities, and access to a local pharmacy. Even if you don’t have a car handy, you can still get around town.
If you want to make a difference in Fort Worth and feel more connected to our city, you can do some volunteer work as arranged through the Centers. This service matches seniors with volunteer opportunities in senior centers as well as various hospitals, nonprofit organizations, city government, and school districts. Volunteer training, social and recognition events, and personalized attention help us seniors make a positive difference in so many ways. Mama always said it’s good to give back.
Contact Senior Citizen Services by calling (817) 413-4949. You can reach Marcus Rockwell who is the Center Operations Manager via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to ask where your closest Senior Citizen Center is located. Annie’s is Casa, 3201 Sondra (76107), which is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
Annie Ambles explores some Senior Citizen Centers