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The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) oversees the provision of long-term services for adults and children with medical or physical disabilities; adults age 60 and older and their caregivers; and adults and children with mental retardation or a related condition. DADS also regulates nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, and provides other services and opportunities for community involvement. For information on DADS, visit

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Silver Lining, a volunteer outreach program of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), brings volunteer visitors and a bright perspective to people who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and state supported living centers.

Silver Lining fosters social connections between long-term care residents and youth. Both reap the benefits of these new relationships created through intergenerational service-learning opportunities. When students combine service with learning while visiting with residents, the result is unique and meaningful experiences for both.

Silver Lining works with volunteers by assisting with locating a facility partner, providing program resources and providing recognition incentives.