Plano Senior Recreation Center
The Plano Senior Recreation Center offers programs, activities, events and fitness specifically designed to meet the needs of our senior community. Click here to visit the Senior Recreation Center page for more information. Visit the tabs below to access additional resources to help make living senior in Plano excellent!
Senior Advisory Board
The Senior Advisory Board was created to generate broad-based public support for senior citizens. The primary goal of the board is to evaluate current issues affecting senior citizens and bring those issues to the attention of the City Council as well as other boards and agencies.
The board welcomes those with concerns regarding senior issues to attend Senior Advisory Board meetings. The Board will hear comments of public interest, but any discussion shall be limited to placing the item on a future agenda, if appropriate. Remarks are limited to five minutes per speaker. The board meets the first Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November. For more information about the Senior Advisory Board and its meetings, please call 972-941-7250.
The 2017-18 Board Members are:
Paul Gerber, Chair
Wellness Center for Older Adults
The Wellness Center for Older Adults addresses the needs and concerns for our senior population in Collin County. Located at the Plano Senior Recreation Center, the Wellness Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Wellness Center focuses on senior needs in the areas of health, counseling and social services. A variety of health services are offered, including health examinations and screenings. Durable medical equipment is also available. Many of these services are free or a low cost to help cover medical supplies. Free counseling services are also available for seniors and caregivers.
Do you want to learn more about the Wellness Center for Older Adults? Click here to visit the Center’s website or watch the following video for more information.
The Plano Senior Rides program is a taxi subsidy program for qualified Plano residents who are age 65 and over. If you have specific questions, please contact the Wellness Center for Older Adults at 972-941-7335 or email@example.com.
Do I qualify for Plano Senior Rides?
Check below to see if you meet the requirements to qualify for ride service:
- Age 65 or older, but not eligible for DART Paratransit Services.
- Permanent resident of the city of Plano. You must present proof of residency, such as a government ID, a recent utility bill, or other documentation verifying residency.
- No other means of transportation available to you. These include: A person in your household who can provide a ride; a van or other vehicle for those living in a retirement community, assisted living center, etc.; or access or ability to use standard DART bus or rail service.
How do I apply for rides?
Step 1: Complete an application
You can pick up an application form in person or call 972-941-7335 to have the application mailed to you.
Step 2: Submit the completed application.
Return the application form along with a photocopy of required documentation that provides proof of residency by mail or in person to the Wellness Center for Older Adults.
Step 3: Meet for an assessment with the Wellness Center.
You will be contacted by a staff member from the Wellness Center for a brief assessment and to determine whether you qualify.
The Plano Senior Rides program is administered by the Wellness Center for Older Adults and is funded by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).
Every homeowner is eligible to file a homestead exemption. This reduces your home’s taxable value by 20%. Plano homeowners 65 and older can file an additional homestead exemption, which reduces their home’s taxable value by another $40,000. Plano senior homeowners can lower their homes taxable value by both the 20% homestead exemption and an additional $40,000.
Plano homeowners 65 and older can also freeze their property taxes. As a result, no matter how much your property value rises, your taxes will stay the same.
For more information about the senior homestead exemption or how to freeze your property taxes, please contact your local Central Appraisal District. A majority of Plano homeowners live in Collin County. Click here to visit the Collin County Central Appraisal District website. Some Plano homeowners live in Denton County. Click here to visit the Denton County Central Appraisal District website.
The state offers other exemptions for disabled people, disabled veterans and others. Click here to visit the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office website for more information and assistance.
HELPFUL LINKS & RESOURCES
The Senior Advisory Board created a resource guide for seniors and their caregivers. This information may be helpful to you and your family as you navigate the many options available to our senior community. Click here to download the Community and Wellness Resource Guide for Seniors Living in Plano.
Plano’s CARE (CAll REassurance) program helps ensure the wellbeing of homebound and/or elderly Plano residents through a daily phone call. Click here to read more about the program and to sign up for a daily CARE call.
The Plano Independent School District (PISD)’s RSVP program is for seniors 65+. The program provides seniors access to PISD functions, tours of PISD facilities, culinary events, senior high plays, sporting events, etc. all for free. Click here for more information and to sign up.
There are many organizations focused on helping seniors in the City of Plano. A few of these organizations are listed below. Click on an organization’s name to visit its website. Please note, when you click to visit each website you will leave the City of Plano Web site. The City of Plano has no responsibility for the content on these websites.
- Assistance Center of Collin County; Brings short-term assistance to qualifying individuals and families in financial crisis to help them regain self-sufficiency.
- AARP; A 501c4 non-profit membership based organization for those 50+ with a mission to enhance the quality of life for all as they age. Provides a variety of member benefits.
• Meals on Wheels – home delivered breakfast, lunch, and weekend meals available at four senior centers county-wide
• Senior Safety Net Program – provides assistance and resources for walkers, wheelchairs, ramps, and emergency expenses when funds permit.
• Pet Meals – assists seniors in obtaining food for their pet
- Wellness Center For Older Adults; Assists older adults in achieving their highest levels of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being by providing referrals, health services, durable medical equipment, counseling and social services.
- U.S. Social Security Administration; Provides information regarding retirement, social security benefits, Medicare benefits and much more.
- Texas Health & Human Services:Works with clients, families and communities to protect children, the elderly and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
- Plain-O Helpers: A faith-based handyman program of seniors helping seniors, as well as individuals with disabilities, free home maintenance and repair services, with a key focus on safety issues.
Are you looking for a way to help others? Check out all the great volunteer opportunities available for you through the City of Plano's volunteer program here.
If you need to reach out to the City to pay for water bill, get a a garage sale permit or complete a wide array of other activities the City of Plano's "I WANT TO" page on the website is the best place to start.
Plano Prime, a community awareness program from the Plano Chamber of Commerce, will prepare Plano residents 55+ for service in non-profit and community organizations. Apply at http://www.planochamber.org/get-involved/learn/leadership-plano/leadership-programs/