Sam Johnson Recreation Center for Adults 50+
The Sam Johnson Recreation Center for Adults 50+ offers programs, activities, events and fitness specifically designed to meet the needs of our older adult community. Visit the Sam Johnson 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 2018-19 Board Members are:
Paul Gerber, Chairperson
Sonja Baumgarten, Vice-Chair
Wellness Center for Older Adults
The Wellness Center for Older Adults Opens a New Window. addresses the needs and concerns for our senior population in Collin County. Located at the Sam Johnson Recreation Center for Adults 50+, 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? Visit the Center’s website or watch the following video for more information.
Plano Rides is a taxi-subsidy program for qualified Plano residents who are age 65 and over. The program is administered and funded by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).
Find out if you qualify for Plano Rides by visiting DART's Plano Rides webpage.
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 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. Visit the Collin County Central Appraisal District website. Some Plano homeowners live in Denton County. Visit the Denton County Central Appraisal District website.
The state offers other exemptions for disabled people, disabled veterans and others. 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. Download the Community and Wellness Resource Guide for Seniors Living in Plano.
Plano’s CARE (Call Reassurance) program helps ensure the well being of homebound and/or elderly Plano residents through a daily phone call. Read more about the program and 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. View more information and sign up online.
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 website. 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 and 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.
Meals on Wheels of Collin County: Assists area adults 60 and up in remaining independent in their homes, to promote socialization, and to prevent premature institutionalization. Home delivered meals and other services are provided to qualifying individuals in Collin County.
Additional InformationAre 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.
If you need to reach out to the City to pay for water bill, get 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 the Plano Chamber of Commerce website.
Sage – News and Information for Plano’s Senior Community
Sign up to receive Sage, the City of Plano’s monthly e-newsletter for our senior community. The newsletter features information on living healthy, accessing affordable healthcare and embracing lifelong learning and technology. Get "sage" advice on staying in your home and personal safety while becoming familiar with Plano's history.