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As older workers approach retirement, employers risk losing their greatest asset. The knowledge that older workers have accumulated throughout their careers is valuable. If companies don't support interaction and communication between younger and older generations, that precious information will be lost. While many companies choose to hire younger workers due to their eagerness to learn and...

AustinUP is proud to introduce our new intern, Jillian Jacobs. She will be helping us create an advocacy campaign targeting employers (for profit and nonprofit) to promote the benefits of multigenerational workplaces and the value of older workers. Jillian shares some of her background and interests below. Hello, AustinUP, I’m Jillian Jacobs! I’m currently an advertising...

As I watch the protests against racism and police brutality in Austin and around the world, my first instinct is to rally friends and neighbors to support the effort and encourage action and communication....

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...

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...

More than 130 people attended AustinUP’s 2018 ATX Aging & Innovation Summit, an information-packed program held November 28th at the Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel.  The goal this year was to provide a creative space so that people with different talents and perspectives on aging could come together to help put Austin on the map in...

AustinUP is truly fortunate to have such an outstanding Board of Directors. Today, we are happy to announce some new roles and new faces.

Dr. Mark Carlson (Geriatrician and Founder/Director of Be Well MD) now serves as Chair. Cyndi Cummings (owner, Cummings Realty Associates and community advocate for older adults) is our new Vice Chair. Margo Weisz (Partner, City Lights Group and Project Director of the 2012-13 Mayor’s Task Force on Aging) is our Secretary/Treasurer. Angela Atwood, our former Chair, continues to serve on the Board.

We also welcome new Board members Charles Curry and Carl Angel.

The City of Austin Commission on Seniors serves as an advisory board to the City Council concerning the quality of life for senior citizens in the Austin area. This volunteer commission advises the Council on issues related to older adults in the Austin area; evaluates and recommends programs, policies, and practices that create a positive impact and reduce...

As the year winds down, I am feeling grateful to everyone in our AustinUP online community for your interest and enthusiasm. But today, I will kindly request a little more of you. I am asking for your financial support of our work to shape the future of aging in Austin. Now is the time. Your tax-deductible contribution to this movement is critical.

Looking back on 2016, I am proud to say that AustinUP has made great strides and accomplishments:

  • Helped create and promote the Age-friendly Austin Action Plan– and worked with the Mayor and City Council to get it adopted
  • Hosted the first-ever 55+ in ATX Job & Volunteer Fair
  • Helped create and expand a network of Austin technology innovators, resources and investors working in the aging space
  • Served as fiscal agent and “incubator” for the newly formed Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging
  • Connected with local universities, researchers and students to promote research related to aging
  • Hosted community focus groups on a range of topics, including “What Makes a Business Age-friendly?” and “What Makes a Neighborhood Age-friendly?”