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Annual Luncheon Will Report How Seniors View Aging in Arlington

What do older adults think about aging in Arlington? We asked and they answered.Learn how “aging friendly” Arlington is in the eyes of older adults at the April 22“Report to the Community” Luncheon, United Way-Arlington’s annual education, income and health update.

The event will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Cacharel Restaurant’s 7th Floor Grand Ballroom at 2221 E. Lamar Blvd. in Arlington. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $25 per person, and reservations are due by 5 p.m. April 17. Register and prepay online here. To pay by check or request an invoice, contact Contact Cheryl Tribett at 817-548-9595 or cheryl.tribett@unitedwaytarrant.org

Keynote speaker Gail Adorno, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas – Arlington School of Social Work, will summarize insights gleaned from interviews conducted with groups of older adults and homebound seniors as part of the Arlington Aging Texas Well assessment.  A United Way committee has been working on the assessment since October 2014 to examine factors that affect the quality of day-to-day living for Arlington’s older residents and to develop recommendations for improvement.

Equipped with a two-year, $50,000 grant from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, the committee of volunteers and staff from United Way-Arlington and United Way’s Area Agency on Aging has been looking at strengths and weaknesses in six areas:

  • Demographics
  • Transportation
  • Recreation and Well-being
  • Housing and residential
  • Health/Mental Health/Substance Abuse
  • Community Services

As part of the assessment, the UTA School of Social Work interviewed Arlington older adults to get their personal views on how Arlington fares in the areas being studied.

The assessment committee of community volunteers and others from government, health and human services, education and the faith community will publish its findings and recommendations this summer. Arlington has more than 45,000 residents 60 and older. By 2030, adults are expected to comprise nearly 20% of the entire population.