Older Texans Month in May

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Office of the Texas Governor, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities

May is Older Texans Month

Older Texans are one of the fastest-growing populations in Texas. Recent statistics show that life expectancy in the U.S. has increased from 68 years in 1950 to 78.6 years in 2017. This population is projected to grow from 16% of the population in 2019 to 21.6% of the population in 2040. Texas honors our older adults during the month of May, designated as “Older Texans Month”.

Reasons for the growth explosion are numerous. Texas is a leading state for relocation from other states. A large percentage of that influx is retirees looking for warmer climate as well as wanting to move into welcoming and supportive communities. The variety of services in our state for senior Texans is another draw for the Lone Star State.

Services for older adults can be found at the Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) and their Area Agencies on Aging. Resources represent a wealth of solutions for multiple needs including preventive health, chronic disease self-management, medication management, nutrition, congregate meals, caregiver support, respite care, support groups, benefits counseling, transportation, elder rights, and long-term care Ombudsman. The HHS website for the Age Well Live Well program provides specific links to address these needs.

Older Texans and their families may face a variety of issues including abuse, neglect, exploitation, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, chronic health conditions, economic disparity, and challenges navigating Social Security and Medicare. The resources to address these challenges are multi-faceted and can be found at state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses. Texas’ recognition of the strengths and challenges of older adults are captured in our Governor’s Proclamation of May as “Older Texans Month”.

Governor's Proclamation for Older Texans Month