About 7% of the population in Austin are seniors, and that number is growing. As more and more seniors call the Capitol of Texas their home, more programs, services, and organizations are created to meet their needs. Austin seniors can find anything from meal delivery to transportation to fitness to entertainment right in their backyard. Here are 10 Austin area senior services you can consider to find everything you need.
Accountable Aging Care Management provides caregivers with the help and support they need while looking after an elderly loved one. They also have online resources for seniors that can help them find programs in the area as well as learn about different services and opportunities.
AGE of Central Texas is a non-profit organization that helps seniors of all ages with education and support programs. They run various adult day care centers throughout Austin to give seniors a place to go if they need supervision with tons of caregiver information and resources, and they even have a health equipment lending system if you require medical equipment. Seniors can also take computer classes or learn about early memory loss support.
Aging Services Council of Central Texas provides information to the public about senior and aging issues as well as advocates for seniors in government. On their website, they have resources that can help seniors find transportation around town or caregiving services as well as links to sites like Social Security and Medicare.
Allen R. Baca Center is for seniors 50 and older and has numerous activities and clubs for older adults. You can join an art or knitting club, play games like bingo, bridge, canasta, and dominoes, or participate in a book discussion group. There is also a fitness center with classes geared towards older adults, dancing and computer classes.
Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area takes care of seniors in Austin and surrounding cities. Seniors can take advantage of the benefits counseling and learn all about Medicare or coordinate all their care options and find caregiver resources. The Area Agency on Aging also has health and wellness classes for seniors to help with things like fall prevention and managing chronic diseases.
Austin Public Health Department created Neighborhood Centers for seniors and other residents that don’t have access to basic social services. Low-income seniors can gain access to a food pantry, health screenings, clothes, and visit with a licensed social worker.
Catholic Charities Central Texas provides a variety of services for the community including counseling services. You can meet with a counselor to talk about stress management, health issues, trauma, or loss. Catholic Charities works on a sliding scale so you can pay what works best for your budget. Sessions are offered in English and Spanish.
Jewish Family Services has an extensive list of senior services that includes safe driver classes, holiday celebrations, exercise classes for older adults, and numerous support groups. You can meet with others to talk about coping with stress, living with loss, wellness for disability support, and more.
Meals on Wheels Central Texas not only brings meals to seniors in their home, but they also offer 13 senior centers around the area where you can get a meal. They also have other programs like home repairs, in-home care, veteran’s programs, and help for mental illness.
South Austin Senior Center has a variety of activities for seniors 50 and older including game rooms, arts and crafts, exercise facilities, and educational courses.
If you don’t see what you need here on this list, you can always call the Area Agency on Aging or Aging Services Council of Central Texas, and they can point you in the right direction.
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