We're making Austin friendlier for people of all ages.

The City of Austin Commission on Seniors, AARP, AustinUP and other nonprofit organizations worked with Austin leaders to create an Age-Friendly Austin Action Plan to address eight areas that influence the health and quality of life of all Austinites: Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, Transportation, Housing, Social Participation, Respect and Social Inclusion, Civic Participation and Employment, Communication and Information, and Community Support and Health Services. The Austin City Council, on November 3, 2016, voted to adopt the Age-friendly Austin Action Plan and actively work toward Austin becoming more age-friendly in support of our city’s current and future older adults. The community working group also identified key areas of overlap with the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan and will work with the City Council and Imagine Austin staff members toward implementation. The City of Austin is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which works to improve livability across the country. Age Friendly is

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    • Sustain and enhance investment in affordable, accessible, and holistic care that will build a vibrant and productive senior community Build awareness of public, private and nonprofit low- or no-cost senior health services availability in ...

      Community Support and Health Services

    • Create a clearinghouse for information about matters related to older adults Include information about city and state services, community organizations and other resources on all appropriate City communication channels   Increase ...

      Communication and Information

    • Increase employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for older persons Improve awareness and coordination of employment services Promote home-based, part-time and job-sharing employment opportunities Distribute brochures on key ...

      Civic Participation and Employment

    • Expand programs that engage and empower older adults Expand activities, services and programs likely to attract older adults (develop survey to determine priorities) Promote age-friendly customer service practices in City departments ...

      Respect and Social Inclusion

    • Strengthen and develop recreation, leisure and educational activities involving and targeting older adults. Strengthen and develop local network of neighborhood programs for senior assistance   Create a City interagency ...

      Social Participation

    • Expand and promote the development of diverse housing options that are affordable for seniors of different income levels Encourage the development of new and innovative models of affordable housing (multigenerational, ...

      Housing

    • Ensure all modes of transportation are safe, affordable and accessible for residents of all ages and abilities, particularly older adults Expedite repair, maintenance and construction of sidewalks, curb cuts and street lighting Remove ...

      Transportation

    • Increase access to and utilization of parks, open spaces and public buildings Ensure all residents have access to parks and open spaces within a half-mile of every home Ensure all residents have access to recreation facilities within a ...

      Outdoor Spaces and Buildings

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