Austin Public Health's Age-Friendly Austin
- Advocacy & Human Rights
Location7201 Levander LoopAustin, TX 78702 United States
The Age-Friendly Austin program works across the City of Austin to improve the quality of life for older adults. This program is housed within the Planning and Evaluation unit of Austin Public Health and collaborates inter-departmentally with city staff, local aging service providers, and other community stakeholders to develop and support older adult programs and policies across eight domains of livability (1) Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, (2) Transportation, (3) Housing, (4) Social Participation, (5) Respect and Social Inclusion, (6) Civic Participation and Employment, (7) Communication and Information, and (8) Community Support and Health Services.
The Age-Friendly Program aims to improve the health and well-being of older adults by implementing and advocating for Age-Friendly programs, policies, and practices across the City of Austin. The Age-Friendly Program and its partners challenge Austin to do more to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by emphasizing the following:
- Recognize the wide range of capacities and resources among older people
- Anticipate and respond flexibly to aging-related needs and preferences
- Respect older persons’ decisions and lifestyle choices
- Protect those who are most vulnerable; and
- Promote older persons’ inclusion in and contribution to all areas of community life
Notable examples of Age-friendly programming and advocacy efforts include the formation of Austin’s Seniors Task Force, the City of Austin's Commission on Seniors, and the Parks and Recreation Department’s Varsity Generation Programming.