Austin Adopts Age Friendly Plan

You may think of Austin as a relatively young city, but within the next 25 years, one in five residents are expected to be 65 or older. To prepare for those changes, the Austin City Council has approved a new plan to make it easier for older residents to “age in place."The plan recommends improvements in eight specific areas including employment opportunity, health services and continuing education.

Many of these senior-friendly policies fit with those already identified in Imagine Austin, a comprehensive plan for the city’s future. That includes things like developing parks and farmer’s markets that are more accessible, providing more affordable housing, and – a big one – improving Austin’s transportation system. Recommendations in plan are the culmination of years of research by the city’s Commission on Seniors