Innovators in Aging

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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 December 15, 2022. Click here to submit a nomination.

View the 2021 Innovators in Aging here.

Recognizing Innovators

In 2017, 3 million Texans were 65 and older. According to the Texas Demographic Center this population will grow to 9.4 million by 2050. New and innovative ideas and programs to meet the needs of this growing population are being developed and carried out in communities throughout the state every day. Innovators in Aging provides state-level recognition of the innovations positively affecting older adults. HHSC hopes that by highlighting innovators throughout the state others 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

Be Healthy highlights efforts that have created opportunities for improved physical and mental health for older adults.

Be Connected

Be Connected highlights efforts that have created ways for older adults to engage with their community.

Be Informed

Be Informed highlights efforts that have created learning opportunities for older adults.

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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.