Seniors Sought for SAGE Program
The Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education (SAGE) Program at University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) and Texas Christian University (TCU) pairs students in medical fields with active adults, 60 years of age and older, providing an opportunity for future healthcare providers to learn more about communicating with older adults by practicing basic clinical skills in taking medical histories, interviewing, conducting physical exams, taking medication & cognitive assessments, and advising on nutrition. Students will not give medical advice.
How SAGE Works
Student teams consisting of 3-4 students will be paired with an adult 60 years of age or older in the Fort Worth Area. The teams will contact the senior and schedule visits six times over a two year period. The visits last between 1 to 1.5 hours and include the students taking the seniors vital signs. A free Vial Life is provided for each senior participating in the program. Senior volunteers will have the opportunity to positively influence the ability of these future providers to care for seniors in a sensitive and compassionate way. We are constantly in need of new volunteer seniors to participate in the program. Currently, we have over 1300 health care profession students participating in the program, which means we need over 600 seniors to participate in the program at all times.
If you would like to sign up for this program contact Yolanda Lane, Academic Coordinator for SAGE, at 817-735-0289. A copy of the consent form, with additional information, can be downloaded here.
Senior Center Cooking Classes
The Haltom Senior Center will be hosting "Healthier You" cooking classes on consecutive Wednesdays, March 30th, April 6th & 13th from 1-2:00 p.m. These classes will offer live cooking demonstrations, including:
- Make a healthier beef goulash
- Make a fruit salad EVERYONE will enjoy
- Free samples 7 recipes
Registration is required and there is limited seating. Please visit the Senior Center, located at 5000 Bernice St., to register. The Center is mapped below. You may also call the Senior Center at 817-834-8021.
Pet Food Bank Serves Senior Pet Owners
The Haltom City Senior Center works through the "Don't Forget to Feed Me" Food Bank to assist resident seniors in providing pet food for their dog or cat. This pet food bank was started in 2008 and has since collected and distributed nearly 3,000,000 pet meals to deserving pet owners right here in Tarrant County.