Author: Teresa Sansone Ferguson

Five years ago, in 2011, the first wave of the oldest U.S. baby boomers reached the common retirement age of 65. Since then, another 10,000 each day continue to reach this stage in their lives. The U.S. Census Bureau calculates that by 2020, 55.9 million people in the U.S. will be age 65 or older, and by...

We are excited to introduce the newest member of the AustinUP Board of Directors. Dr. Mark Carlson is a fellowship-trained, board-certified geriatrician, internist and oncologist with 30 years of healthcare experience. He is the Founder and Director of Be Well MD, an innovative medical practice designed specifically for seniors. So that patients can receive their health...

AustinUP is proud to welcome Char Hu to our board. Char received his doctorate in molecular biophysics from Baylor College of Medicine where he studied protein folding, one of the proposed underlying mechanisms for Alzheimer's disease. While in graduate school, his grandmother was diagnosed with dementia and required the care of a long-term care facility....

Since its inception in 1994, The Mitte Foundation has invested in organizations and programs that improve the quality of life of those within the city of Austin and the Central Texas area. We are proud to announce that The Mitte Foundation has joined AustinUP as a Leadership Member, and we are grateful for their participation. For...

Why are a few communities, like New York and Portland, Ore., working to become more age-friendly for their residents but so many others aren’t? Is it due to political leadership and canniness (or a lack of it)? Do the age of the residents, the workforce and the local customers have an effect? Does it come...

The AustinUP team is working on some very important projects – projects that could impact Austin today and for years to come. We need your input and your insight. Please add your name to our email list. You will receive periodic updates about upcoming events and activities, as well as surveys soliciting your ideas for making Austin an...

Family members provide about 70 percent of long-term care services, according to a survey by the American College of Financial Services. Not only are more boomers childless, those who do have children have fewer than the previous generation. Trendsetters from the start, the boomers have spawned a new phenomenon: caregiver shortage. Read the entire article from NextAvenue.org.  ...

The White House Conference on Aging will be held on July 13, 2015. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs as...