In the mid-1960s, art teacher Evelyn Siegel was an active member National Council of Jewish Women - Fort Worth Section where she was assigned to find a worthy project for $35,000, proceeds from a successful book fair hosted by the Council. On the heels of the Older Americans Act passage, Evelyn investigated how to help older adults.
After attending the White House Conference on Aging in 1967, Evelyn joined with Fort Worth Section President Rosalyn G. Rosenthal and other members from the Council—Judy Cohen, Ellen Mack, Rosalie Schwartz, and Amy Stien—to found Tarrant County Senior Citizen’s Center. Co-sponsoring organizations included the Governor of Texas Committee on Aging and the E.D. Farmer Foundation.
Later that year, the agency established the first-of-its-kind Senior Citizen Drop-In Center off Hemphill in Fort Worth. It was open daily with the goal of "providing opportunities for older adults to find companionship; discover new or pursue former interests in educational, recreational or craft activities; and to promote other endeavors which would improve the physical and mental well-being of any older adult."
Over time, the organization became Senior Citizens Services of Greater Tarrant County and today we’re Sixty and Better, an agency with a network of healthy aging programs in communities across Tarrant County.
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Our agency is established and two Centers open in Fort Worth.
Senior Citizens Center, Inc. is established by National Council of Jewish Women - Fort Worth Section, Governor’s Committee on Aging, and E.D. Farmer Foundation with the mission of empowering older adults to live with purpose, independence, and dignity.
Our agency expands and joins the United Way and Area Agency on Aging.
Increased support from local resources makes expansion of the nutrition program possible in other parts of Tarrant County to newly opened centers.
Centers open in Arlington, Fort Worth Grapevine, Haltom City, Kennedale, Mansfield, and White Settlement.
We change our name and add more centers.
Centers open in Azle, Benbrook, Crowley, Forest Hill, Watauga, and the Goodrich Center for the Deaf in Fort Worth.
Agency updates our logo and is recognized at a White House ceremony.
Our logo gets a new look and centers open in Keller and Fort Worth.
Agency relocates and further expands across Tarrant County.
Centers open in Euless, Fort Worth, River Oaks, and Watauga.
Agency establishes new signature programs, develops new strategic plan, and debuts new name.
Centers open in Arlington, Fort Worth, and Pantego.
Agency responds to worldwide pandemic and sets the foundation for the future.
Sixty and Better is forced to discontinue its congregate meal program with the COVID-19 outbreak, as activity centers closed their doors to protect high-risk participants. During the last six months of the program, Sixty and Better quickly pivoted to make weekly companionship phone calls and served members with bi-weekly home deliveries of frozen and shelf-stable meals. In addition, the agency distributed engagement activities such as activity books, useful household and toiletry items, and protective face masks.