November 2017 update: According to the AARP Livable Communities website, “All communities participating in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities are required to measure the progress being made against their plans by identifying and monitoring key indicators that reflect the priorities of the community.” Read Austin’s first progress report here.
In September 2015, Austin’s Commission on Seniors formed a working group comprised of members of the Commission, AARP, AustinUP and regional aging-related service organizations, to bring to fruition recommendations from the 2012-2013 Mayor’s Task Force on Aging, including the development of an Action Plan to transform Austin into an Age-friendly City. This working group met weekly to outline a five-year plan, and identify goals and strategies.
In developing the Age-friendly Austin Action Plan, the working group reviewed existing systems to support Austin’s senior population and identified where there are gaps, both in relation to the Task Force recommendations and the AARP/World Health Organization’s Eight Domains of Livability. Click below to see plan details. We welcome your comments and insight.