North Texas Plan for Older Adults
VNA & The Senior Source Announce Action Planning Phase of North Texas Plan for Older Adults
DALLAS (May 4, 2018) – Last November, North Texas’ premier advocates for seniors, The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) and The Senior Source, announced they were launching a first-of-its-kind collaboration to build an Action Plan for North Texas with the goal to create a better system of service for older adults with support from the Better Together Fund.
On Tuesday, May 15, the two agencies will be convening a cross-sector of stakeholders from Dallas and Collin Counties, including healthcare providers, policymakers, philanthropists, nonprofits, businesses, and senior activists to address the community-wide needs of the growing population of 55 and older.” The first phase of the collaborative effort will be sharing a baseline report, which builds on the recently-released results of the Dallas Economic Opportunity Assessment. The report identifies data trends as well as critical gaps in the current services available to seniors.
As America’s population grows, it is estimated that by 2050, people over age 65 will represent more than 20 percent of the population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just before 2020, elderly adults will begin to outnumber young children and this trend is likely to continue. While there is an industry of senior service providers, organizations and facilities being created almost every day, many baby boomers retiring will struggle with poverty and will be seeking Medicaid and nonprofit support. Many of those moving into their golden years will not be able to utilize the massive senior care complex being built today. As such, ensuring seniors have access to the proper resources is more critical than ever to the community.
The May 15th event at the Communities Foundation of Texas will be emceed by WFAA/Channel 8 Investigative Reporter, Charlotte Huffman. Welcome and remarks from Dallas County Judge, Clay Jenkins as well as from Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings are planned. A leadership briefing will take place from 8-9 a.m. The community action planning session, which will be open to the public from 9-Noon, will include a call-to-action to join their efforts in a larger collaboration to build a joint Action Plan for North Texas, which is slated to be developed in summer 2018 and released in fall 2018.
VNA CEO & President Katherine Krause and The Senior Source CEO & President Cortney Nicolato will be available for exclusive media interviews before and after the event to share the report and discuss its implications for North Texas. To schedule, please call the numbers above.
While the two organizations have worked closely together for many years providing support and care to the aging community, this is the first joint community-wide planning project. When the Better Together Fund was announced, last summer, it was the catalyst that brought these two agencies together. The goal of the project is to create a unified approach and voice for elevating care and expanding services for seniors in North Texas.
About The Senior Source
Since 1961, The Senior Source has served greater Dallas as the go-to nonprofit for aging services. The agency offers personalized assistance, protection, and connection support to all older adults in greater Dallas for these individuals to THRIVE. As a United Way service provider, The Senior Source offers comprehensive programs for those 50 years of age and older. For more information, contact The Senior Source at (214) 823-5700 or visit www.theseniorsource.org. You can also find The Senior Source on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theseniorsource or Twitter using the handle @theseniorsource
Established in 1934, VNA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps older adults age with dignity and independence at home. VNA is the community’s most trusted provider of quality healthcare services in the home and is the oldest, most experienced Hospice Care provider in Texas. VNA offers Meals on Wheels in Dallas County, and VNA Hospice, Private Care and Care Choices in Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall, Tarrant and Van Zandt Counties. Visit www.vnatexas.org or call 1 (800) CALL-VNA for more information. You can also find VNA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vnatexas/ or Twitter using the handle @VNATexas