Author: AustinUP

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...

What will it mean for us all to grow up, live and age in a society where half the citizens are over the age of 50? Never in human history has this been our reality. And it’s not just Americans.  Europe, China, Japan — we are an aging globe. It’s new and it’s not temporary — this is a permanent historic transformation.

Coming of Age in Aging America is a PBS documentary broadcast, multi-platform media and public engagement project that urges a national conversation about our new reality.  Check out this important “Big Idea in 4 Minutes” video below and learn more here.

WHY do we have such punitive attitudes toward old people? Granted, the ancients did hideous things to elders who were unable to work but still needed food and care, but in more recent times, that had changed: In 18th-century New England, it was common for people to make themselves seem older by adding years to...

This summer, a friend called in a state of unhappy perplexity. At age 47, after years of struggling to find security in academia, he had received tenure. Instead of feeling satisfied, however, he felt trapped. He fantasized about escape. His reaction had taken him by surprise. It made no sense. Was there something wrong with him?...