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About Age-Friendly

By "Age-Friendly" we mean that Fort Worth optimizes opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.

The City of Fort Worth joined a national network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in 2014. Since then, it has undertaken various steps to ensure that our city grows in ways that improve livability standards and develops age-friendly features across the city.

Together, we can ensure that Fort Worth is an inclusive city whose residents can be active, independent and respected and where all residents can age with dignity

About Dementia-Friendly

By "Dementia-Friendly" we mean that Fort Worth ensures that the city has the appropriate resources and communities and businesses have the education to identify and assist residents that may be suffering from dementia.

Dementia Friendly Fort Worth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organized to educate people in all sectors of the community about dementia, assist them in becoming dementia-friendly, and to support and care for those living with dementia and their care partners.


In 2017, the City of Fort Worth approved the Age-Friendly Fort Worth Action Plan, which outlined various policies and practices that could be implemented by the city in partnership with various government agencies, nonprofit providers, private businesses, and volunteers.



AARP created the Livability Index, which scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. based on the services and amenities that impact your life the most. Fort Worth’s Livability Index Score helped define those areas, or domains, where the city could focus its improvement efforts.



AARP Age-Friendly Resources

Community Resources

2-1-1 Texas

2-1-1 is a free, 24/7, and confidential service that helps people across the U.S. to find the local resources they need.

60 & Better

Sixty and Better empowers older adults to live with purpose, independence,and dignity.

The Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

The AAA of Tarrant County provies benefits counseling, caregiver services, a long term care ombudsman, and nutrition programs.

AARP Fort Worth

AARP Texas has offices around the state, including Dallas/Fort Worth. Visit to view news, info, events, and AARP resources.

Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

The ADRC of Tarrant County serves people who are over 60 or have a disability, and their caregivers, by connecting them with the services and supports they need.

Alzheimer's Association

Find news, research, help and support for all those affected by Alzheimer's and dementia.

Free Alzheimer's training available here.

Blue Zones Project

Blue Zones Project® seeks to make a healthier Fort Worth. Access info, resources, activities and events.

Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW)

In addition to addressing poverty, CCFW offers transportation services, dental care, employment, and public benefit office visits.

Coalition for Aging LGBT (CfA)

CfA focuses on health care, housing, social services, social engagement, advocacy and education to improve and protect the quality of life of older LGBT adults in North Texas.

Dementia Friendly Fort Worth

Dementia Friendly Fort Worth is a dementia awareness and education initiative for all sectors of the community.

Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition (FWSCC)

FWSCC has task forces focused on the prevention of elder abuse, falls, and drug overdose, as well as other safety issues such as: cardiac emergencies, disaster preparedness, and road safety.

Guardianship Services, Inc.

Guardianship is a legal process of appointing a surrogate decision maker for those who have severe memory loss, dementia and cognitive impairements that jeopardize their health and well-being.

JPS Health Network

JPS offers several geriatrics services to keep aging adults healthy, including: outpatient services, home visits, professional consultations, long-term care, and the Hospital Elder Life Program.

Trinity Metro ACCESS Paratransit

Trinity Metro ACCESS Paratransit services, previously known as MITS, offers door-to-door transportation within the service areas of Fort Worth, Blue Mound and River Oaks.

My Ride North Texas

My Ride North Texas seeks to provide a one-stop transportation resource, where anyone can find a ride in the 16 county North Central Texas region.

Tarrant Area Gerontological Society (TAGS)

TAGS advocates for meeting the needs of older adults and sharing the knowledge and information with the community to ensure Tarrant County remains age-friendly.

Tarrant Cares

Tarrant Cares offers seniors and adults with disabilities info and resources,including: caregiver support, Alzheimer's disease/dementia, prevention of falls, prevention of abuse and medicare.

Tarrant County Public Health

Tarrant County's Public Health offers info and resources for various public health issues, including: immunizations, flu shots, and chronic disease prevention.


Age-and Dementia-Friendly Business Directory

Those Fort Worth businesses that apply, undergo a review of their business location, and commit to making any necessary age-friendly or dementia-friendly improvements can be certified as an Age-Friendly and/or Dementia-Friendly Business.

Once the designation has been conferred, the business will be included in the Fort Worth Age-and Dementia-Friendly Business Directory.




  • Southside Community Center

    959 E Rosedale St
    Fort Worth, TX 76104

    Certified: Sep 18, 2018

    Southside Community Center is located just off of East Rosedale Street, not far from I-35W. The center offers after school programs, and a variety of classes that include ESL and GED classes through Fort Worth ISD. It is also a Community Action Partnerscenter, which provides comprehensive services to economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • SW Community Center

    6300 Welch Ave.
    Fort Worth, TX 76113

    Certified: May 26, 2019

    Southwest Community Center is located across the street from Southwest High School on Welch Avenue. The center hosts a flourishing after-school program and assorted fitness classes for people of all ages, while also offering exemplary gymnastics and karate programs.
  • Thomas Place Community Center

    4237 Lafayette Ave
    Fort Worth, TX 76107

    Certified: Jun 25, 2019

    Thomas Place Community Center, located off Camp Bowie Boulevard, is an historic red-bricked building that was once the second-oldest school on Fort Worth’s west side. The center offers after-school programs, special events, and a selection of classes that covers everything from art to zumba.
  • Victory Forest Community Center

    3427 Hemphill St.
    Fort Worth, TX 76110

    Certified: Jun 07, 2019

    Victory Forest is Fort Worth’s newest community center. This premier facility in south Fort Worth includes: A 2,000-square-foot fitness room complete with cardio, strength equipment and free weights; a full-size gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and other sports, which can hold 407 people; a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen for cooking and nutrition classes; an outdoor courtyard for private and community events, which can hold 134 people; multipurpose spaces for classes and rentals, including a dance room that can hold 270; a computer lab and children’s play area; and recreational programming that will be offered to all ages — from art to Zumba, and everything in between.
  • United Way

    1500 N. Main, Suite 200
    Fort Worth, TX 76164

    Certified: Jun 12, 2019

    United Way of Tarrant County has worked to improve the lives of those in our communities since 1922. As a nonprofit leader, we bring together individuals, groups, donors and service providers to help solve some of the toughest social issues affecting Tarrant County. Each year, United Way of Tarrant County helps more than 300,000 people through its resources. United Way of Tarrant County has no fees on donor designations, with 100 percent of the donation going to the selected agency or cause.
  • Telschow-Johnson Law

    4200 South Hulen Dr. Suite 417
    Fort Worth, TX 761099

    Certified: May 30, 2019

    Telschow Johnson Law PLLC provides effective, personable, trustworthy and professional representation that clients can count on. Attorney Karen Telschow Johnson has been practicing law for more than 15 years. She opened her firm in order to fulfill her passion for educating people about the importance of advanced care planning, the probate process and estate planning.


Apply to Become an Age-Friendly and/or Dementia-Friendly Business

As part of developing an Age-Friendly & Dementia-Friendly Fort Worth, we launched the Certified Age-Friendly Business program in 2018 and the Certified Dementia-Friendly Business program in 2019. These programs allow our business community to show their support for an Age-Friendly & Dementia-Friendly Fort Worth. By undergoing a review of their business and committing to make any age-friendly and/or dementia-friendly improvements that are needed, a business can become a Certified Age-Friendly Business and/or a Certified Dementia-Friendly Business and be included in the Age-Friendly Fort Worth Business Directory.

3 Steps to become a Certified Age-Friendly Business in Fort Worth:

  1. APPLY.
    It's free and simple.
    We'll review your business to identify any needed age-friendly improvements.
  3. COMMIT.
    Pledge to address any concerns identified.

For more Age-Friendly info, contact: Melodía Gutiérrez

For more Dementia-Friendly info, contact: Gail Snider


Certified Age-Friendly Business Forms


Promotional Materials

These are materials used in promoting Fort Worth’s Certified Age-Friendly Business program.

For more information about Age-Friendly Fort Worth or the Certified Age-Friendly Business program, please contact: Melodía Gutiérrez    214-265-4073