It’s well-known that the Central Texas region continues to experience the dynamic and rapid population growth that has persisted in the region for the last decade, with the Austin-Round Rock metro area serving as the epicenter of this boom. And yet, surprisingly, many don’t
realize that the metro area is the second fastest growing population of older adults (65+) and fastest growing population of adults aged 55-64 (U.S. Census Bureau). This reality has created new challenges and opportunities to accommodate a population that is living and working longer, as well as requiring services and infrastructure to ensure their physical, mental, emotional, and financial well-being.
AGE of Central Texas, a regional non-profit organization delivering services, education, and assistance to older adults and family caregivers surveyed residents to better understand the region’s perceptions about aging. The study of 400 residents in Central Texas also investigated preparations people have place and the experiences of caregivers and was conducted in September 2018 in collaboration with Bloom Communications, a market research and communications firm, and Regina Corso Consulting.
Results from the study shed light on a number of implications for residents in Central Texas, including awareness of the fast-changing population, biggest concerns about their own experience as they age, perspectives on ageism and respondents’ own potential propensity to be future caregivers to older adults.