See a list of organizations offering resources for seniors in Central Austin

Local nonprofit Family Eldercare was established in 1982. Courtesy Annie Ray.
Local nonprofit Family Eldercare was established in 1982. Courtesy Annie Ray.

Local nonprofit Family Eldercare was established in 1982. Courtesy Annie Ray.

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The UT OLLI program allows members age 50 and older to attend seminars and lectures. Courtesy UT OLLI
According to U.S. Census data, the number of Austin residents age 65 or older increased by more than 20,000 between 2010 and 2017. These organizations provide seniors everything from academic and social opportunities to transportation.

Services

AGE of Central Texas

3710 Cedar St., Austin

512-451-4611


www.ageofcentraltexas.org

This nonprofit’s programs include AGE Thrive Social and Wellness Centers in Austin and Round Rock—adult day health centers giving seniors with physical needs or memory loss an opportunity to socialize and receive care. The nonprofit also offers early memory loss support, health equipment lending, caregiver education and more.

Family Eldercare

1700 Rutherford Lane, Austin

512-450-0844

www.familyeldercare.org

This nonprofit was founded in Austin in 1982 with a mission to care for seniors by providing training and information. Programs offered include in-home care, guardianship, in-home counseling, money management, service coordination and Lifetime Connection Without Walls—which provides isolated seniors with a chance to connect with others through telephone conference calls.

Meals on Wheels Central Texas

3227 E. Fifth St., Austin

512-476-6325

www.mealsonwheelscentraltexas.org

This program delivers meals to seniors and other homebound residents while also offering in-home care, veterinary assistance for pets of seniors, home repair and additional services. The organization has served the Austin community since 1972 and distributes 3,000 meals per day to homebound seniors.

University of Texas Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin

512-471-3124

www.olli.utexas.edu

The UT OLLI program allows members age 50 and older to attend seminars and lectures in a relaxed community. The program offers different options for the semester with annual membership fees ranging from $300-$325, and the subjects are driven my members’ interests. The OLLI is part of a network of institutes on 124 college campuses across the country.

Recreation centers

Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center

808 Nile St.

512-978-2660

www.austintexas.gov/department/conley-guerrero-senior-acitivity-center

Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue., Thu. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Example programs: Golden Rollers 50+ adult trike program (free), Latino dance classes (free), yoga ($10/month)

Lamar Senior Activity Center

2874 Shoal Crest Ave.

512-978-2480

www.austintexas.gov/department/

senior-activity-center-lamar

Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue., Thu. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Example programs: exercise classes (free), line dancing (free), computer one-on-one tutoring ($5-$6)

South Austin Senior Activity Center

3911 Menchaca Road

512-978-2400

www.austintexas.gov/department.

south-austin-senior-activity-center

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Example programs: Health and fitness classes (free), bridge (free),tai-chi ($5-$6)

Transportation

Capital Metro

209 W. 9th St., Austin (transit store)

512-389-7475

www.capmetro.org

The city’s public transportation service offers reduced fare ID cards which enables some riders—including seniors 65 and over—to receive half-price fare. The card costs $3 and is good for two years.

Drive A Senior Network

2601 Exposition Blvd.

512-456-8262

www.driveasenior.org

This organization matches volunteer drivers with seniors needing a free way to get around. The network currently provides rides to more than 2,500 older citizens in the area. For a map of areas the network serves, visit Drive a Senior’s website.

Hospice

Hospice Austin

4107 Spicewood Springs Road,

Ste. 100, Austin

512-342-4700

Christopher House: 2820 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.

512-322-0747

This nonprofit offers specialized hospice and palliative care in patients’ homes, at nursing and assisted living facilities, in the hospital and at its Christopher House facility, which offers short stays as an alternative to the hospital.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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