Dallas Plans New Senior Center In Redbird Neighborhood

Steven Pickering
May 17, 2018 - 5:16 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - The Dallas Park and Recreation Department is partnering with a non-profit group to open a new senior citizens center in the Redbird neighborhood.

The WellMed Charitable Foundation announced it was renewing a $150,000 grant to the City of Dallas to underwrite annual and monthly fees for residents age 60 and older to attend Dallas Park and Recreation centers. Since the first WCF grant was announced in March 2017, more than 2,100 older adults have joined the centers.

Doctors and nurses from WellMed clinics will also offer routine health screenings and flu shots at the center when it opens this fall.

"There's so much more to health and wellness than just being treated when you're sick," said Bryan Grundhoefer with the WellMed Charitable Foundation. "This is something that everyone in our organization feels passionately about. We want to change health care delivery for seniors."

Officials with the City of Dallas say the new senior center will improve both the health of south Dallas residents and the region's economy.

"When I look at where our city is going, I believe that ultimately it's going be the health and well-being of our seniors and our children that's going to get us to the next level," Mayor Rawlings said. "We're going to show that southern Dallas is for real, that it's an investment opportunity - not a charity case, and that it takes care of its own."

The new 22-thousand square-foot health and wellness center for adults age 60 and over will open this fall. It will be located at 3199 W. Camp Wisdom Road inside a former office supply store. 

"When we talk about seniors, many people had the image of old adults just sitting around looking sad and lonely...with nothing to do," said Dallas City Council Member Tennell Atkins. "We're going to change that. That picture of a senior center is long gone."