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How Aging-Friendly Is Arlington? Study Seeks Answers

With a university, sports and entertainment venues and plenty of restaurants and retail, Arlington clearly has appeal for the younger generation. But whether it has the things that senior citizens need is a much grayer area. That’s why a committee is trying to answer the question: How aging-friendly is Arlington? | Read more

Survey Sheds Light on Conditions of Older Texans

Nearly 4.5 million Texans are age 60 or older; their numbers are projected to increase to 12 million by 2050. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) recently asked more than 3,000 Texans age 60 or older throughout the state about a variety of topics including their:

  • physical health
  • mental health
  • access to health care
  • lifestyle choices
  • finances
  • independence
  • volunteer activities
  • recreation
  • caregiving duties

Highlights of the 2013 Aging Texas Well Indicators Survey (PDF) are now available on the DADS and the Aging Texas Well websites. This is the third such survey since 2004. A more detailed report of survey findings will be available on the DADS website in the coming months.

DADS uses the survey information to better understand the needs and conditions of older Texans, and to develop programs and policies to address those needs.

Highlights

  • While the majority of older Texans reported engaging in regular exercise and not using tobacco, most were overweight or obese.
  • 96 percent of older Texans have health insurance.
  • High blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and depression are the most diagnosed medical conditions.
  • One in five older Texans reported relying on others for help with things such as bathing, getting dressed or driving to appointments.
  • One in six older Texans provide regular, unpaid help to a family member or friend with failing health or a disability.
  • 87 percent of older Texans own their own homes; most were living with other family members.
  • 30 percent of Texans aged 60 and over live alone
  • Four out of five said they were prepared to face future financial needs.
  • 35 percent reported regularly volunteering in their community.

About the Survey

The Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) of Texas A&M University conducted the 2013 Aging Texas Well Indicators Survey for DADS from April through August 2013. The 3,028 respondents from across the state were contacted via telephone, both landline and cellphone. 

For more information about this survey, send an email to agingtexaswellcoordinator@dads.state.tx.us.

Denton Residents Invited to Give Their Opinions on Age-Friendly Services for Older Adults

In a quest to make Denton a better place for older residents to live, the University of North Texas, as part of the Aging Texas Well Community Assessment Toolkit project, is conducting a series of forums to get input from residents about:

  • what assets the city has that support older adults ability to age well and be active community members,
  • what gaps exist in needed services and supports, and
  • what actions could be taken to make Denton more age-friendly.  

While residents of all ages are to give their feedback, input is especially sought from Denton residents age 60 and older. 
Upcoming forums will focus on:

  • Community supports and services for Denton residents over age 60
    Friday, March 7
    10 a.m. – Noon

  • Health care, including mental health and substance abuse services for older adults
    Thursday, March 27
    9-11 a.m.

  • Housing for older adults
    Friday, April 11
    9-11 a.m.

All forums will be held at:
City Council Work Session Meeting Room
Denton City Hall
215 E. McKinney
Denton, TX 76201

Please call Julia Wolfe at 940-784-3780 to register to attend.

About the forums

These forums are part of a two-year Aging Texas Well Community Assessment Toolkit project funded by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging working in partnership with the University of North Texas and Age Well Live Well Denton. 

Fit for the Road: Older Drivers' Crash Rates Continue to Drop

Today's older drivers are not only less likely to be involved in crashes than prior generations, they are less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do crash, a new Institute study shows. | Read more

New Population Brief Focuses on the Demographics and Economics of Aging

Older Americans are living longer and functioning at a higher level than they were in 1965 when Congress passed the Older Americans Act (OAA), according to Helping Americans Age in Place (PDF format), a new brief from the Population Reference Bureau. | Read more

Aging and Health in America: A Quick Look

Thanks to longer life spans and a large and aging Baby Boomer cohort, the population of older Americans — those 65 and older — is expected to double over the next quarter-century to about 72 million.

The State of Aging and Health in America 2013 (PDF) is an in-depth look at our progress in promoting disease prevention, improving the health and well-being of older adults, and reducing behaviors that contribute to premature death and disability. | Read more

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