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New AustinUP Board Members and Roles

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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

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Volunteer Commissioners Needed

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

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“Trike-Shaws” helping Mueller senior citizens get around

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

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Let Your Voice Be Heard

A very important step in the implementation of our Age-friendly Austin Plan is coming up this Thursday, October 6. The Austin City Council, at its regular weekly meeting, will vote on adding an age-friendly amendment to the Imagine Austin Plan. Their

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The Shape of Things to Come

SXSW Interactive 2016 provided many opportunities to learn about medical and technology innovation related to aging. It was an adventure that left us feeling hopeful about the future of aging. Panels and presenters discussed: “Personal assistants” that include Apple’s Siri and “smart

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Help Us Build an Age-friendly Austin

In September 2015, Austin’s Commission on Seniors formed a working group comprised of members of the Commission, AARP, AustinUP as well as local and regional service organizations, to bring to fruition recommendations from the Mayor’s Task Force on Aging, including the development

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AustinUP Focus Group Highlights: Age-friendly Neighborhoods

AustinUP hosted a focus group on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Wildflower Terrace in the Mueller neighborhood. We welcomed 34 participants. Mary Anne Connolly, principal at MACMedia and founder of @changehoweage Twitter and Facebook feeds, facilitated a 90-minute discussion about the

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Who Will Provide Care for Childless Boomers?

Family members provide about 70 percent of long-term care services, according to a survey by the American College of Financial Services. Not only are more boomers childless, those who do have children have fewer than the previous generation. Trendsetters from the start, the

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New York Times: The Liberation of Growing Old

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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