Resources

The Texas Health and Human Services Age Well Live Well campaign encourages people and communities to take steps today to be healthy, connected and informed. If you are wanting to make a positive change or if you are a service provider representing a large organization, AWLW has resources to help you get started.

One of the best ways to get started is to build awareness. These factsheets can help raise awareness about aging and living well and give you and the people you work with a place to start.

We also have resources for specific audiences. Click on the tabs below to learn more about resources for individuals, smaller organizations, larger organizations, and for community leaders (including city and county government officials.)

Individual

The resources discussed below are for anyone who wants to make a positive difference and change. Whether a personal or a community change, AWLW can help you:

  • Learn more about healthy aging.
  • Share resources with others in your community.
  • Plan a small event.
  • Reach out to like-minded partners.

Resources

Would you like to encourage others in your community to age and live well? Get started by hosting (starting) a Texercise program. Texercise is a statewide health and wellness initiative of HHS, Texercise provides programs (Classic and Select) and resources to help you start your healthy journey. Fact sheets, a hand book and online videos can be accessed on Texercise.com.

Additional planning resources for individuals are available by emailing AWLW. Here is a description of the resources included in the individual resource packet you will receive via email after contacting AWLW.

Planning materials include:

  • An annual calendar that includes a list of national observances with suggested AWLW activities to accompany the observance.
  • A Speaker Series guide that leads you step by step through creating an educational speaker series. A series evaluation template, event checklist and budget are also included.
  • A factsheet that outlines how partnerships can help you enhance your AWLW programs.

Organizations

Smaller organizations (such as local fitness facilities, faith communities, hospice, or senior centers) and larger organizations (such as hospitals, insurance carriers, large private companies, regional faith community leadership or large regional non-profits) can use AWLW to create awareness of aging well and local resources. AWLW can help organizations:

  • Raise awareness.
  • Start turnkey programs.
  • Plan events.
  • Develop partners.
  • Start local collaboratives.

Resources

To help your organization raise awareness about aging and the importance of supporting efforts that encourage older adults to age and live well, we have created the following resources.

  • Texas Talks: This free, easy-to-implement campaign encourages adults to prepare for aging with older loved ones through discussion topics.
  • Texercise: A statewide health and wellness initiative of HHS, Texercise provides two different programs (Classic and Select) to help your community be healthy. Training, coordinator’s kits, resources and incentives are available to help you to plan and lead the program.

Email AWLW for resources that can help create awareness, plan events and programs, and set up partnerships. Here is a description of the resources included in the resource packet for organizations you will receive via email after contacting AWLW.

  • Marketing materials that include push cards and flyers which can be used when raising awareness or planning events with partner organizations.
  • Planning materials that include:
    • An annual calendar that includes a list of national observances with suggested AWLW activities to accompany the observance.
    • A Speaker Series guide that leads you step by step through creating an educational speaker series. A series evaluation template, event checklist and budget are also included.
  • Partnership and collaboration building materials include:
    • A partner invitation letter which can be used to reach out to potential new partners.
    • A partner survey that can help you identify what your partners are looking for in a partnership and what they can provide.
    • A factsheet that outlines how partnership can help you enhance your AWLW programs.
    • An operational plan to help you establish the framework for an aging collaborative.

Community Leaders and Officials

Community leaders (elected officials, city or county staff) can use AWLW to help shape policies that impact older residents. AWLW can help community leaders:

  • Raise general awareness.
  • Assess their communities.
  • Plan events.
  • Create policies that positively impact older adults.
  • Reach out to partners for networking.
  • Start a full collaborative.

Resources

Aging Texas Well issue briefs, written by members of the Texas HHS Aging Texas Well Advisory Committee, can help your organization raise awareness about aging and the importance of supporting efforts that encourage older adults to age and live well. These briefs can be used to develop a personal understanding of what aging well means, as well as promote local infrastructure development to support aging well.

Email AWLW for resources that can help create awareness, plan events and programs, and set up partnerships. Here is a description of the resources included in the community leader resource packet you will receive via email after contacting AWLW.

  • An overview of community assessments. Gathering your community’s needs and perceptions on specific topics can inform and shape policies and programs. This resource highlights how to understand and use community assessments.
  • A Speaker Series guide that leads you step by step through creating an educational speaker series. A series evaluation template, event checklist and budget are also included.
  • Partnership and collaboration materials include:
    • A partner invitation letter which can be used to reach out to potential new partners.
    • A partner survey that can help you identify what your partners are looking for in a partnership and what they can provide.
    • A factsheet that outlines how partnerships can help you enhance your AWLW programs.
    • An operational plan to help you establish the framework for an aging collaborative.

Resources for specific populations

Aging Texas Well Advisory Committee website.

Visit

To learn more about health aging, visit the Texercise website.

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