It was standing room only at the May 4 ATX Aging & Innovation Summit, presented by AustinUP and Dell Medical School at the University of Texas. If you were there, you heard Dr. Chris Callahan, Director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, suggest that given the diversity of older adults, we need a diversity of new technologies and innovations to support independence; Jeffrey Makowka, Director of Market Innovation for AARP, tell us that $7.6 trillion in annual economic activity is generated by people over the age of 50; and Dr. José Colucci, Director of Research and Development at the Design Institute for Health, point out that younger adults try to identify with their age group as much as possible, while older adults do not…unless that comparison reinforces a positive self image. This, of course, is excellent insight if you are working and innovating in the aging/tech space! Read more ›
AustinUP is hosting a series of free expos in 2017 to match available job opportunities with workers who are 55 and older. Events will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on various dates and at various locations. Attendees and exhibitors, see event list and RSVP links below.
Exhibitors will include employers looking for talented full- and part-time workers or contractors. Attendees will include older adults eager to talk to potential employers, as well as knowledgeable speakers who will give presentations during the event. Read more ›
AustinUP is honored and excited to announce that Marilyn Poole, an attorney with The Fowler Law Firm, has joined our Board of Directors.
As her online bio states, Marilyn is a “…remarkable blend of old Austin and new…a true multi-generational Austinite who graduated from Reagan High School (1971), Austin College (1974), and University of Texas Law School (1977). Marilyn has spent the last four decades of her celebrated career giving abundantly to others legally and personally. A tireless champion of professional and community causes, she currently serves as a director of the Austin Bar Foundation, and is active in a number of Downtown and East Austin organizations, including Ebenezer Third Baptist Church.”
Marilyn’s background and expertise can only make what we do here at AustinUP better and more meaningful to our community. Welcome, Marilyn!
The Milken Institute released its “Best Cities for Successful Aging” report this week, with major nods to Austin and AustinUP. Take a look at page 18 of the report to see Austin listed #6 in the Top 20 Large Metros. Then scroll down to page 47 to see AustinUP included in a list of “Programs with Purpose.” We are proud to be included in this report and very proud of our work to make Austin one of the best cities for successful aging. Full press release below.
LOS ANGELES, 3.14.17—This week, the Milken Institute released the third edition of its “Best Cities for Successful Aging” report and index, a collaboration between the Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging and its Research Department. The report evaluates 381 U.S. metropolitan areas to determine how well they serve the needs of the nation’s growing population of mature adults, enabling them to age productively, securely, and in optimal health.
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John Egan, writing for Culturemap.com (Austin), reports on new demographic data showing the continued uptick in older adults moving to Austin. His article, Austin’s Population Just Keeps Getting Older Shows New Data, also mentions our Age-friendly Austin Plan, which was adopted by City Council in November 2016.
Austin’s Population Just Keeps Getting Older, Shows New Data
By John Egan
Ever so slightly, Austin is aging. From 2014 to 2015, the median age of people living in the Austin metro area went from 33.9 to 34.3, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This continues a gradual year-to-year maturing of the region’s population.
“Our growth has long been fueled by big incoming waves of millennials, but more recently our immigration stream is increasingly made up of baby boomers and seniors, which will pull our median age upwards for sure,” says Ryan Robinson, demographer for the City of Austin.
Read the full article.
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. Read more ›
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 the burden on seniors; and promotes the contributions of seniors to the cultural, economic, and historical value of Austin. The Commission is seeking active, engaged citizens to fill several positions. Simply visit the City of Austin website to create an account and apply online.
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?”
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Thanks to reporter Casey Claiborne, Fox News 7, for this fun story!
It’s fair to say Preston Tyree is a cycling fanatic. He’s a bike advocate and very involved in the community. The 72-year-old isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In fact he’s helping senior citizens who need a lift…or just a pick-me-up.
“These are trike-shaws, rickshaws but a trike instead of a guy with 2 poles running around,” Tyree said.
Tyree says the idea came from Copenhagen, a program called “Cycling Without Age.” He’s been working since March to get the Austin chapter up and running. It’s really kicking off now that it’s getting cooler outside. He says the “Wildflower Terrace” retirement community in the Mueller neighborhood has been very helpful.
“The management here said ‘well we’ve got this room that’s just filled with debris. Why don’t we clean it out and let you use it?’ And so we’ve got a locked room with power where we can recharge it, it’s the perfect place for us,” he said.
You read that right — he said “recharge.” These “trike-shaws” are different from pedi-cabs. They have electric-assist and the “pilot” sits in the back. Perfect for an afternoon spin around Mueller.
“With this we can get somebody to the grocery store for instance and get them back in a two-hour time slot without any trouble,” he said…
Click here to see full story, with video.
Austin City Council Adopts Age-friendly Austin Plan;
Promotes Age-friendly Presentation as Part of Imagine Austin Speaker Series
(Wednesday, November 16, 2016) – The Austin City Council, at its November 3 meeting, voted to adopt the Age-friendly Austin Plan and actively promote and work toward Austin becoming more age-friendly in support of our city’s current and future older adults.
A working group of community members created by Austin’s Commission on Seniors developed the Age-friendly Austin Plan. Sally Van Sickle, who represents District 9 on the Commission on Seniors, said, “Austin has always been considered a young, vibrant and innovative city. Approval of this Age-friendly Austin Plan will help us maintain that reputation as vibrant and innovative even as our median age moves upward.”
The working group reviewed existing systems to support Austin’s senior population and identified where there are gaps, both in relation to the Mayor’s Task Force on Aging (2012-13) recommendations and the AARP/World Health Organization’s Eight Domains of Livability, which include:
- Outdoor spaces and buildings
- Social participation
- Respect and social inclusion
- Civic participation and employment
- Communication and information
- Community support and health services
“By adopting an Age-friendly Austin Action Plan, the City Council is helping Austin take an innovative step in an ongoing effort toward meeting the needs of Austinites of all ages,” said Jessica Lemann, associate state director of AARP Texas. “The plan will encourage active aging and help to enhance the older adults’ quality of life in Central Texas.” Read more ›