The AARP awarded a certificate to the city of Buda recognizing the city’s commitment to becoming more age-friendly, and it was presented at a City Council meeting April 5.
The certification is valid through Feb. 23, 2024, and means Buda is now one of nearly 30 communities in Texas that are a part of the AARP network of age-friendly states and communities.
This initiative to become certified was spearheaded by Vice Chair Jeff Kaufmann, Chair Linda Burton and other members of the Buda Task Force on Aging, which was formed to help meet the needs of aging adults and their caregivers.
“This is not a simple thing. This is a one-year, two-year, three-year, up to five-year program to get the final designation,” Burton said.
Now the task force will gather community-based organizations, conduct an assessment and find out what is lacking within the community, Kaufmann said.
“There’s quite some time between now and releasing a lot of the recommendations and us getting to work on some of these things... so we appreciated the work y’all are signing up for,” Council Member Evan Ture said.