Creating Connections for Older Adults.
Many in our community are socially isolated: nearly a quarter of these people are over 65.
Loneliness and isolation have a real impact on health: they are associated with increased risk of dementia, heart disease, depression and premature death.
Thanks to ARPA funding provided by Tarrant County, United Way of Tarrant County is working to reduce social isolation among vulnerable seniors by expanding programs in our Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County as well as with partners including the Alzheimer’s Association, The Women’s Center and Dementia Friendly Fort Worth.
- The Women’s Center is expanding its evidence-based “Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives” (PEARLS). PEARLS provides eight sessions of in-home behavioral health services for isolated, depressed older adults.
- The Alzheimer’s Association supports older adults with dementia through support programs for patients and caregivers.
Through this collaboration, we seek to reduce social isolation for more than 3,400 older adults this year.