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Welcome to a new year and a new decade! After AustinUP's very successful 2019, we have great excitement and expectations about 2020, and much news to share with you in this AustinUPdate. To kick things off, I'm excited to report that we have a new website at austinup.org...

As we look back on 2019, we are proud of our activities and accomplishments, a few of which are highlighted below. We are extremely grateful to you, our AustinUP community, as well as our sponsors and business members. Without YOU, none of this would be possible. Thank you and onward to 2020! KLRU / Decibel Focus...

In this Thanksgiving week, I'm especially grateful for all of the people and organizations who are working so diligently to help raise the profile of older adults in our community. That work was highlighted at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference held in Austin earlier this month. Every time Austin was described as a...

Our 2019 ATX Aging & Innovation Summit was our third and largest Summit, a gathering of 180+ people who were there to learn about aging-related innovation in Austin with a spotlight on equity, diversity and intergenerational community engagement. From the comments we heard at the Summit and via an online evaluation, the audience got what...

As I prepare this issue of the AustinUPdate, I have to admit that much of my head space is consumed with plans and details for our ATX Aging & Innovation Summit, coming up on October 23rd. I'm very excited about the speakers and panels we're assembling, which will include regional and national perspectives that can help propel...

AustinUP is a proud sponsor of the Grantsmanship Training Program, coming to Austin in December. Are you working to change your community? Will more funding help you create that change? Join generations of social advocates who have achieved success by attending this Texas grant proposal writing course....

As you may know, the U.S. Census in 2010 indicated that Austin had one of the fastest-growing populations of older adults in the country. That data point kicked into action a series of events, including the formation of the Mayor's Task Force on Aging (2012), AustinUP (2014) and the City of Austin Commission on Seniors...

We're excited to report that AustinUP has joined the Encore Network, which is part of Encore.org, an organization that "innovates new ideas and models to leverage the skills and talents of experienced adults to improve communities and the world."...

With more than 150 attendees at the April 3 Livability for Longevity Symposium, the Bass Lecture Hall at the LBJ School of Public Affairs was close to capacity. Between opening remarks from Council Member Alison Alter (District 10) about Austin’s efforts to create an age-friendly community and a thoughtful symposium wrap-up from Jesús Garza, former...