This is a free event hosted by AustinUP and the LBJ School of Public Affairs to explore projects and policies designed to serve the current and future needs of older adults in our community, including elements of the Age-friendly Austin Action Plan related to affordable housing, healthcare, workforce development and more. Space is limited! To reserve your seat, please RSVP via Eventbrite.
9 a.m.: Registration
9:30 – 10 a.m.: Opening Keynote
10 – 10:45 a.m.: Economic and Workforce Development: Reassessing the Role of Older Adults in the Workplace This session will outline the value the 50+ demographic adds to regional economies where employers struggle for qualified talent; share best practices re: successful, proven strategies to create a multigenerational workplace (such as co-mentoring/reverse mentoring, apprenticeships/senior internships, etc.); and stress the importance of leadership-level commitment to promoting the 50+ working population.
10:45 – 11 a.m.: Break
11 – 11:45 a.m.: Housing and Community Solutions: More Than Just a Granny Flat
As Austin strives to create affordable, diverse and connected neighborhoods, our panel will spotlight innovative housing solutions that appeal to all ages (such as coops, roommate matching, retro-fitting homes for aging in place, multigenerational living communities, innovative/high tech solutions, etc.) and the land use codes and policies that can encourage – or block – progress.
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Come, Create The New Older
An entertaining lunchtime conversation, facilitated by author Tuck Kamin. An opportunity for students and others to share their fresh perspectives on aging. What’s good about aging? What needs to change? All ages are welcome.
1 – 1:45 p.m.: A Holistic Approach to Healthcare Across Generations
This session will explore the social determinants that impact healthy aging including access, socioeconomics, physical environment, education and social supports. Panelists will also share new ideas for systems change to address ageism and promote person-centered care for older adults.
1:45 – 2 p.m.: Break
2 – 3:30 p.m.: 2018 LBJ School Policy Research Project presentation, “Young Hip Austin is Getting Old: A New Experiment in Dealing with the Challenges of Eldercare”
3:30 – 5 p.m.: Closing Mixer & Feedback Session
Free parking is available in the UT Manor Garage.
Who should attend? Policy makers, academic/business leaders, service providers, students, innovators who are looking to solve problems related to aging in our community, older adults, caregivers and anyone who is aging. Space is limited! To reserve your seat, please RSVP via Eventbrite.
Our knowledgeable steering committee: Robert Epstein (LBJ School), Dr. Jacqui Angel (LBJ School), Kent Herring (Family Eldercare), A. Pamela Fant-Saez (ACC/AARP BACK TO WORK 50+), Diana Deaton (Aging 2.0), Janee Briesemeister (Commission on Seniors), Adam Hauser (Meals on Wheels Central Texas), Patricia Bordie (Area Agency on Aging) and Jessica Lemann (AARP Texas). Chair: Teresa Sansone Ferguson (AustinUP)
This event would not be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors!