Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order creating the Aging Texas Well Advisory Committee and Action Plan. The order, which was issued in April 2005, formalizes the Aging Texas Well Initiative and asks the department to continue its work to identify and discuss aging policy issues, guide state government readiness, and promote increased community preparedness for an aging Texas population.

Under the executive order, an advisory committee is to be formed to advise the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and to make recommendations to state leadership on implementation of the Aging Texas Well Initiative. HHSC creates and disseminates a comprehensive and effective working plan to identify and discuss aging policy issues, guides state government readiness and promotes increased community preparedness for an aging Texas.

HHSC also leads a planning effort to ensure the readiness of all Texas state agencies to serve an aging population by identifying issues, current initiatives, and future needs.


Dr. Michèle J. Saunders, MD, Chairperson
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

Cindy Adams
Provider/Managed Care Organization
Superior HealthPlan

Patricia Bordie
Area Agency on Aging
Capital Area Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging

Bruce Bower
Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition

Andrew Crocker
Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System

Amanda Fredriksen

Janet Henning
Aging & Aging and Disability Resource Center
North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging & Aging and Disability Resource Center

Michael Wilson
Older Adult Services Network
Meals on Wheels and More

Lynda Taylor
Physical/Mental Health
Texas Department of State Health Services

Dirk Sheridan
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Adult Protective Services

Tim Spong
Texas Workforce Commission

Carol Zernial
Faith/Non-profit Organization
WellMed Charitable Foundation and WellMed Medical Management

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