"While most people probably think of Austin as a “young town”, the facts may surprise you. The Austin-Round Rock area has one of the fastest growing population in the nation of people aged 65 and over. And, we are home to the country’s number ONE fastest-growing population of people between 55 to 65 – meaning that our senior population will soon expand dramatically.
This rapid growth shows that Austin is a very desirable place to age but our community needs to have the appropriate infrastructure, programs and awareness to ensure that seniors live active, healthy and independent lives.
That’s why during the 2013 State of the City address; I announced the creation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Aging.
Over the past year, twenty-five leaders representing non-profits, philanthropy, the business community, academia, government, healthcare providers and citizen groups came together to work on addressing Austin’s growing senior population. The Task Force could not have been possible without the leadership and financial support of the Seton Foundation and the St. David’s Foundation.
My mandate to the Task Force on Aging was to define the challenge, and make a plan of action that doesn’t just sit on a shelf, but instead defines how we move forward.
The Mayor’s Task Force on Aging announced their recommendations in a briefing to the Austin City Council on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
Their recommendations are a comprehensive approach where stakeholders from all over the community utilize their strengths to work together in more effective, efficient and innovative ways to serve our seniors. The recommendations focus on better utilizing existing resources, investing in areas where there are deficiencies, and creating vehicles for implementation.
The completion of this work doesn’t represent the conclusion of our focus on older adults. This moment is the beginning of a renewed effort to ensure that we not only meet the challenges but embrace the opportunities of an age-friendly Austin."
The goal of these recommendations is to focus resources on prudent investments that result in social and economic benefits for seniors in our community. By investing
intelligently and utilizing the newest technologies, we can avoid costly interventions and leverage existing resources. Read the recommendations.