Do you know an innovative person, program, organization, community, or technology making a positive impact on the health and well-being of older adults? Consider nominating them for an HHS Innovators in Aging award. Nominations open May 7, 2018.
In 2017, 3 million Texans were 65 and older. By 2050 this population will grow to 9.4 million, according to the Texas Demographic Center. To meet the expectations and opportunities of this growing population, new and innovative ideas and programs are being developed and carried out in communities across the state. Innovators in Aging provides state-level recognition for unique and effective innovations positively affecting older adults. By highlighting innovators throughout the state, it is hoped other Texans will be inspired to seek out new and creative ways to serve older adults.
To be considered for an Innovators in Aging award, the nominee must have had a positive effect on older adults in Texas. Examples of innovations could include the development of new technologies that improve an older adult’s quality of life, research on new methods to treat chronic conditions, community efforts to change the stigma of aging and individuals who are finding creative ways to meet the needs of older adults.
The Innovators in Aging award categories highlight the three components of aging and living well: being healthy, being connected and being informed.
Be Healthy highlights Texans who have created opportunities for improved physical and mental health for older adults.
Be Connected highlights Texans who have created original ways for older adults to maintain community engagement.
Be Informed highlights Texans who have created opportunities for older adults to learn about the services available in their community.
Questions can be emailed to: AgeWellLiveWell@hhsc.state.tx.us.
NOTE: HHS employees can be nominated if the nomination relates to work done outside the scope of their position as a HHS employee.