Resources

Local and Regional Resources

AGE of Central Texas serves older adults and caregivers through adult day health care, caregiver education and resources, early memory loss support, health equipment lending and peer-based computer classes for seniors.

Age-friendly Austin features an overview of the Age-friendly Austin Action Plan and includes an asset map of services and activities for older adults. The City of Austin Age-friendly Program Coordinator is Tabitha Taylor, Austin Public Health, Tabitha.Taylor@austintexas.gov; 512-972-5023.

Aging 2.0 Austin is part of a global network that supports innovators focused on the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging.

Aging Services Council of Central Texas is a network of individuals and organizations who work together to ensure that older adults and caregivers have the information and services they need to support themselves and family members as they age.

Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter provides programs and services for patients and their families within our local community.

Alzheimer’s Texas provides information, referrals and a variety of support programs for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, their family members, caregivers and professionals.

Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area provides services for older adults and their caregivers living in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties.

Austin Community College (ACC) Digital Skills for Today’s Jobs provides strategies for the job-seeking community, including older adults.

Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging works to improve the condition of the LGBT aging community through advocacy, education and programs/services.

Capital City Village is an Austin-based nonprofit virtual community dedicated to helping seniors stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

CaregiverU is a collaboration of 25 Central Texas non-profit agencies and community organizations working together to bring support and resources to families that are caring for an older loved one.

City of Austin Commission on Seniors serves as an advisory board to the Austin City Council concerning the quality of life for senior citizens in the Austin area and helps ensure older adults are productive, independent and healthy.

City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department Senior Programs and Services encourage senior adults to maintain an active, healthy and independent lifestyle through recreational and educational programs and activities.

Coming of Age Austin is a Travis County program that assists individuals 50+ in exploring their interests and strengthens communities through civic engagement.

Drive a Senior matches volunteer drivers with seniors needing a way to get around.

Family Eldercare provides a broad range of services designed to prolong independent living and prevent abuse, neglect, self-neglect and exploitation, including in-home care and respite, guardianship, bill-payer services, consultations and service coordination.

Jewish Family Service (JFS) provides assessment, counseling, information and referral for older adults. JFS also offers a wide range of social, educational and fitness programs at the Dell Jewish Community Campus and transportation to these programs.

Launch Pad Job Club is a networking, support and job lead sharing organization that helps job seekers find their perfect job.

Meals on Wheels Central Texas seeks to nourish and enrich the lives of the homebound and other people in need through programs that promote dignity and independent living.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to free small business advice, educating entrepreneurs of all ages and helping small businesses start, grow and maintain their businesses.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides training and employment services to help low-income Texans 55 or older gain the skills needed to get jobs and become financially self-sufficient.

Travis County Veterans Services provides eligible veterans, their dependents and survivors direct and general support in obtaining all benefits to which they are entitled from the Veterans Benefits Administration.

UT Texas Aging & Longevity Center works to enhance the longevity and well-being of the aging population.

WellMed Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports older adults and their caregivers with a special emphasis on wellness and prevention.

State Resources

Adult Protective Services protects older adults and adults with disabilities from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Senior Resource Guide is a print and online resource for older adults in Texas.

Texas Health and Human Services provides a range of services for older Texans that help ensure their well-being, dignity and choice.

Texas Seniors’ Guide is a Texas senior resource.

Texas Talking Book Program provides books and magazines in alternative formats for people of all ages with qualifying visual, physical and reading disabilities.

Texas Veterans Portal is a resource for veterans, their families, and survivors to find and secure assistance, services and benefits available from government agencies.

National Resources

AARP is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supports original research and broad-based education to improve the quality of American life. It has developed a distinguished research agenda regarding aging and work in the U.S.

Generations United works to improve the lives of children, youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies and programs for the enduring benefit of all.

encore.org is an innovation hub tapping the talent of people 50+ as a force for good.

Medicare.gov is the official U.S. government site for Medicare.

Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging works to improve lives and strengthen societies by promoting healthy, productive, and purposeful aging.

MIT Age Lab is a multidisciplinary research program that works with business, government and NGOs to improve the quality of life of older people and those who care for them.

Old School is an anti-ageism clearinghouse.

The Older Americans Act (OAA) was passed in 1965 as part of President Johnson’s “Great Society” initiative.

National Council on Aging is the nation’s leading nonprofit service and advocacy organization representing older adults and the community organizations that serve them.

National Council for Aging Care is a resource hub for seniors and their families to learn more about the specific aspects of aging in place.

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is a technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over.

SAGE is a national advocacy and services organization supporting LGBT elders since 1978.

Silver Century Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2002 to promote a positive view of aging.

Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College is an international, multidisciplinary research network focused on the changing circumstances of work in later life.

SSA.gov is the official U.S. government website for Social Security.

Stanford Center on Longevity works to accelerate and implement scientific discoveries, technological advances, behavioral practices, and social norms so that century long lives are healthy and rewarding.

U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative supports and coordinates the DOJ’s enforcement and programmatic efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect and financial fraud and scams that target our nation’s seniors.

Reading and More

AARP Longevity Economy Outlook “Something is transforming our markets and our world. It’s the economic and societal contribution of Americans age 50-plus, worth over $9 trillion in 2018 and projected to grow.”

Age Forward Cities for 2030, from the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, is a “resource to those building cities and communities that are vibrant, inclusive places to live for all ages.”

“Connecting Generations in Senior Housing” A program-implementation toolkit from Generations United.

“What is the Future of Aging Populations?” In this 2019 Forbes article, Adi Gaskell writes, “As populations across the world age, it is increasingly important that we learn to capitalize on the rare gifts older people possess.”

“Why ‘Silver Tsunami’ is an Ageist Term” This 2019 National Investment Center post states that “the phrase, ‘Silver Tsunami,’ even as it’s used within the aging field, furthers an old and outdated view of aging.”