People who live in Austin are fortunate to have a number of high-quality health care providers and facilities. There are many hospitals and medical centers in the area, as well as numerous specialized care providers both in the urban center as well as in the suburban and surrounding communities. And with Whole Foods and Central Market, as well as several local farmers’ markets, there’s no shortage of places to find fresh food to fuel a healthy body.
From basic to upscale living, seniors have choices when it comes to living arrangements here. For those who may wish or require a setting other than their own home, the Austin area offers active adult communities, adult day care centers, independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities, as well as continuing care and memory care. Many of these communities have lengthy waiting lists, so it’s advisable to start the search early. AGE of Central Texas and Family Eldercare are among the organizations where caregivers to seniors will find resources to support their valuable role, including evidence-based educational classes, financial counseling, and personal consultation.
A major contributing factor to the city’s popularity is that there is no shortage of things to do, from live music on 6th Street to the opera, symphony, or ballet at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Alamo Drafthouse and Violet Crown Cinema take going to the movies up a notch, and the yearround sports calendars are full and varied enough to keep even the most avid sports enthusiasts engaged. Retirees are discovering the advantages of downtown living, too, by walking to hear music or shop. It’s an easy way to be in the middle of the activity without the commute.
With about 10 months of moderate weather, the outdoors is probably Austin’s biggest attraction. Lady Bird Johnson Lake, known to locals as Town Lake, makes staying active a breeze for hikers, boaters, and bikers. And even a walk around the block or a restful morning spent sipping coffee on the patio is sweeter when the sun is shining and there’s no snow to shovel from the driveway.
Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers a great variety of programs and services for people 50 years of age and older. Traditional recreation activities are offered specifically for seniors at three Senior Activity Centers. The 20 recreation centers and the Dougherty Arts Center offer many programs for all adults, including seniors.
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