Do you know an innovative person, program, organization, community, or technology making a positive impact on older adults? Consider nominating them for an HHS Innovators in Aging award. Nominations are open until November 15, 2021. Click here to submit a nomination.
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 throughout the state. Innovators in Aging provides state-level recognition innovations positively affecting older adults. By highlighting innovators throughout the state, HHS hopes 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 serve older adults in Texas. Examples of innovations could include:
- The development of partnerships to improve services to older adults
- Research on new methodologies to treat chronic conditions
- Community efforts to combat the stigma of aging
- Programs designed to engage 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 efforts that have created opportunities for improved physical and mental health for older adults.
Be Connected highlights efforts that have created ways for older adults to engage with their community.
Be Informed highlights efforts that have created learning opportunities for older adults .
Questions can be emailed to: AgeWellLiveWell@hhsc.state.tx.us.
NOTE: HHS employees and their work can be nominated if the nomination relates to work done outside the scope of their position as a HHS employee.