To provide additional support for senior adults living in City of Austin housing, AGE of Central Texas has partnered with the City and fellow community non-profit partner Family Eldercare to provide transportation opportunities for low income senior adults living at seven of the Housing Authority of City of Austin (HACA) residential properties.
As a member of the City’s social services “Living Well! Collaborative,” AGE of Central Texas will offer free, ongoing weekly routes to area shopping centers and group activities to the residents, utilizing the non-profit organization’s existing handicap-accessible vans. AGE will help “promote self-sufficiency across the Life Continuum” as described as the purpose of the City grant after the original provider was unable to fulfill the responsibilities of the contract.
“Access to transportation is one of the top barriers affecting low income senior adults in Central Texas,” said Joyce A. Lauck, Executive Director for AGE of Central Texas. “Not only will AGE be able to address this problem for the senior residents at seven of the City’s HACA properties, but we will also bolster their sense of independence, help combat isolation, and aid the senior community members be able to continue living in their homes and still have access to necessary services.”
AGE is also partnering with HACA to offer free “A Matter of Balance” classes for all the residents at each of the seven City housing properties, through AGE’s collaborative CaregiverU program. The evidence-based curriculum aims to prevent falls in senior adults, which remains the top cause of death and injury in older adults. The classes teach participants that falls can be prevented through regular physical activity and a better understanding of the physical changes brought on by aging. The CaregiverU classes are also offered free to the public, ongoing throughout the year, at numerous locations in Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, and Hays counties.
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary Year, AGE of Central Texas is a regional non-profit that tackles the challenges of aging with expert solutions. AGE serves older adults and caregivers through interrelated community programs, including adult day health care, caregiver education and resources, early memory loss support, health equipment lending, and peer-based computer classes for seniors. For more information on the programs and resources provided by AGE of Central Texas, visit www.AGEofCentralTX.org or call (512) 451-4611.