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 nonprofit
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.