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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 …

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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.

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 their real age, rather than subtracting them.

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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 …

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It may be entertaining to make predictions about 2015, but I will humbly donate my share of the fun about health care forecasts to the talking heads. However, there are two things I know for sure based on facts at …

American-Statesman: State makes getting long-term care services easier (Commentary) Read More »

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The number of seniors living in Central Texas is soaring – and so is the cost of living.  That’s making “The Golden Girls” far more than a funny ’80s TV show. The show’s shared-living arrangement could become a template for senior …

KUT: How ‘Golden Girls’ Models the Future Of Senior Housing in Central Texas Read More »

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The Hispanic population’s rate of growth exceeds that of the general U.S. population by almost five times and needs to be considered as we ponder our country’s future demographics. Read more at