AGE of Central Texas tackles the challenges of aging with expert, compassionate solutions to make aging a journey of triumph. We are dedicated to older adults and those who care for them and most of who we serve has a form of dementia or Alzheimer's. Drawn from the words of our founders, Bert Kruger Smith and Willie Kocurek, "our vision is to make aging a shared journey".
AGE has six key programs aimed at enhancing the health and well-being of older adults and their caregivers:
• Adult Day Health Centers (ADHCs): daytime care for adults with physical needs or mental loss
• CaregiverU: free classes and information on topics important to caregivers
• Health Equipment Lending Program (HELP): free, no-time-limit loans on durable medical equipment and incontinence products
• Memory Connections: free weekly meetings with activities and support groups for adults with an early memory loss diagnosis
• AGE Computer Lab: technology classes for older adults, by older adults
• Caregiver Resource Center: one-stop shop for caregiver resources, support, and consultation
This year, we are focusing on Falls Prevention, a key factor in maintaining quality of life as an older adult. From the "A Matter of Balance" class offered by CaregiverU to the regular exercise members get at our Day Centers to the equipment provided by HELP, so much of what AGE does is to keep seniors on their feet. Though it is a seemingly simple issue, the implications of Falls Prevention are enormous, and we invite you to be a part of keeping the older adults of Central Texas healthy and functioning as they AGE.
$25 - You are a shower stool. You bring stability to what would otherwise be a very slippery situation.
$50- You are a walker. A classic, as closely associated with seniors as caramels and cheek pinches, you enable mobility and provide safety and support.
$125- You are a Zumba Class. Regular Exercise is one of the best ways to prevent falls. You make us feel great through stretch and movement and you make us smile, too.
$250- You are a Group Therapy Session. You are a safe place to talk to other older adults about the fears and challenges of aging, from falls to memory loss. You help seniors to break social isolation by showing them they are not alone.
$500- You are "A Matter of Balance." You are the framework for the continued quality of life for a senior. You help build practical strategies to prevent falls and lessen their effects.
$1000- You are steady arm in the Day Center. You help older adults in and out of chairs and guide them on walks outside. You provide respite to a caregiver who is struggling to hold up their world.
Impact StatementIn 2017, we helped more than 90 individuals through our Memory Connections program. We provided 2,047 pieces of equipment at no charge through our Health Equipment Lending Program and gave 340 individuals the tools they need to care for their aging loved one through our Caregiver U. On average, 73 seniors use our Adult Day Centers every day, which provide them with nutritious meals, medical care, and social activities. From teaching caregivers and providing them respite, to giving seniors a place to go to find support and friendship, every life AGE touched in 2017 was in service of making aging a shared journey.
Needs StatementEvery hour of every day 275 older adults are rushed to the ER due to preventable fall related injuries. 3 of those older adults lose their lives. That translates to 2,160 unnecessary deaths of older adults per month- enough lives to fill the Long Center of Performing Arts 5 times every year.
The 272 older adults who survive the fall return home bearing fractures, brain injuries, trauma, and an average of $19,400 in fall injury related costs. To put this into perspective, the average bills accrued by a senior due to a preventable fall could purchase a 2017 Honda Civic with cash, almost 2 years of in-state tuition at UT Austin, or sail to the Caribbean 19 times.
Falling and the consequences that follow are not inevitable results of aging. With evidence-based fall prevention programs, durable medical equipment, and muscle engaging exercise we can stand up for seniors one fall at a time!
"You know exactly where your funds are going to go, you know exactly who you are going to help, and you know they are going to be good stewards of your donation." - Lynda Shanblum, donor
"It's so valuable. Sometimes, we avoid talking about vulnerable things but here the gate is open to share with each other. That's the greatest thing about this - there is no judgement here." -Bethany, Program Participant
"AGE is life-giving." - Barbara Wiederaenders, board member and former family caregiver
Matching Funds DescriptionA handful of generous AGE Donors will be matching funds during selected power hours throughout the Amplify Austin Day.
St. David's Foundation has offered a $1M matching grant to be distributed among their nonprofit Grant Partners on Amplify Austin Day. St. David's Foundation's 2018 Grant Partners will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day. Last year, this match resulted in a 30% boost to the funds raised by Grant Partners on the Day.