Local and Regional Resources
The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area provides services for adults 60 years old or older, as well as their caregivers living in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties.
AGE of Central Texas serves older adults and caregivers through adult day health care, caregiver education and resources, early memory loss support, health equipment lending, and peer-based computer classes for seniors.
The Aging Services Council of Central Texas is dedicated to making sure older adults and caregivers have the information and services they need to support themselves and family members as they age.
Alzheimer’s Texas provides information, referrals and a variety of support programs for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, their family members, caregivers and professionals.
Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter provides programs and services for patients and their families within our local community.
The Austin Seniors’ Guide is a free publication mailed to 75,000 seniors and adult children in Travis and Williamson counties.
Catholic Charities of Central Texas works with the Commission on Aging to create community awareness on the needs of the senior population within the Diocese of Austin. Senior services and programs are designed to offer support and services to seniors who are living independently or with family members and are in need of assistance.
H.A.N.D. is a nonprofit group enhancing dignity and independence for the elderly by providing compassionate, quality in-home, personal attendant care on a sliding scale rate. They also provide social services, transportation and volunteer support for their clients.
Drive a Senior offers services to help older adults in maintaining their independence. Services include transportation, minor home repairs/maintenance, and friendly visiting in the home or by phone.
CaregiverU is a collaboration of 25 Central Texas non-profit agencies and community organizations working together to bring support and resources to families that are caring for an older loved one.
The Care Communities creates volunteer families for people with cancer or HIV/AIDS; provides practical, non-medical help with transportation, household tasks, errands and companionship; and helps to ensure basic needs are met.
Travis County Health and Human Services & Veterans Service is committed to optimizing self-sufficiency for families and individuals through the delivery of services, either directly as a provider or by purchasing services from private and not-for-profit agencies in the community. Help for older adults and their families is provided through several County programs, such as the Family Support Services Division.
The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department Senior Programs encourage senior adults to maintain an active, healthy and independent lifestyle through recreational and educational programs and activities.
Family Eldercare provides a broad range of services designed to prolong independent living and prevent abuse, neglect, self-neglect and exploitation, including in-home care and respite, guardianship, bill-payer services, consultations and service coordination.
Coming of Age assists individuals 50+ in exploring their interests and strengthens communities through civic engagement. Coming of Age also offers training opportunities for nonprofits to attract and retain skilled older adult volunteers.
The Neighborhood Ambassador Program is a collaborative initiative supported by the Aging Services Council and Coming of Age Austin. The program distributes reliable, timely information about aging issues and resources through a network of community volunteers.
Capital City Village is an Austin-based nonprofit virtual community dedicated to helping seniors stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
Meals on Wheels Central Texas delivers lunchtime meals each weekday to homebound people who can no longer prepare meals for themselves and assists clients with other services that promote independent living, including home safety repairs, grocery shopping assistance, rides to the doctor, and other services.
Jewish Family Service (JFS) provides assessment, counseling, information and referral for older adults. JFS also offers a wide range of social, educational, and fitness programs at the Dell Jewish Community Campus and transportation to these programs.
The WellMed Charitable Foundation Senior Community Center is a non-profit organization that supports seniors and their caregivers with a special emphasis on wellness, prevention, and living with chronic illness, offering fitness activities, nutrition and wellness classes, computer lab and instruction, information on Medicare and other public benefits and caregiver education and resources.
The Texas Talking Book Program provides books and magazines in alternative formats for people of all ages with qualifying visual, physical and reading disabilities.
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services administers long-term services and support for people who are aging.
The Texas Veterans Portal is a resource for veterans, their families, and survivors to find and secure assistance, services, and benefits available from government agencies.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Adult Protective Service protects older adults and adults with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
The National Council for Aging Care is a resource hub for seniors and their families to learn more about the specific aspects of aging in place.
The Older Americans Act (OAA), which was passed in 1965 as part of President Johnson’s “Great Society” initiative.
Medicare.gov is the official U.S. government site for Medicare.
SSA.gov is the official U.S. government website for Social Security.
The National Council on Aging is the nation’s leading nonprofit service and advocacy organization representing older adults and the community organizations that serve them.
AARP is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation brings together a group of distinguished scholars, drawn from a variety of disciplines, in their Research Network on An Aging Society. Their mandate is to help prepare America for the challenges and opportunities of an aging society.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supports original research and broad-based education to improve the quality of American life. It has developed a distinguished research agenda regarding aging and work in the U.S.
The Silver Century Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization which challenges entrenched and harmful stereotypes about aging, encourages dialogue between generations, advocates planning for the second half of life, and raises awareness to educate and inspire everyone to live long, healthy, empowered lives.
The Research Network on an Aging Society reveals what top scholars view as the most critical issues and facing our aging society.
The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College is a research center dedicated to exploring both the experiences and the meaning of the aging of the workforce.
encore.org is leading the call to engage millions of today’s older Americans as a vital workforce.
The Stanford Center on Longevity studies the nature and development of the human life span. Their mission: redesign long life. blic Square, November 30, 2011
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program matches skilled seniors with local nonprofit and public agencies that need volunteers.
The U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice website is a resource for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families.
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults.
Reading and More
Elderburbia: Aging with a Sense of Place in America is a blog by Phil Stafford, one of the nation’s leading thought leaders on livable communities for all ages.
“My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing ‘Slow Medicine’ – the Compassionate Approach to Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones”, by Dennis McCullough, M.D., Harper Collins, February 5, 2008
“The Way We Age Now – Medicine has increased the ranks of the elderly. Can it make old age any easier?”, by Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, April 30, 2007
“For the Very Old, A Dose of ‘Slow Medicine'”, by Abigail Zuger, M.D, The New York Times, February 26, 2008
“How Doctors Die”, by Ken Murray, Zócalo Public