Having aging-related conversations with older loved ones about their concerns, plans and dreams for the future can help them make informed decisions and improve their quality of life.
The HHS Aging Services Coordination office recognizes it can be difficult to talk with the older adults in our lives about the future and sensitive decisions. In 2018, the ASC office developed the Texas Talks campaign to help ease and spark these conversations.
Texas Talks covers a range of topics that impact older adults, such as transportation, medical issues, recreation, behavioral health and caregiving. ASC recommends that these conversations happen year-round and releases new topics each fall to coincide with holiday gatherings.
“The past year has been challenging for so many people and especially for older adults,” said Holly Riley, ASC director. “When looking at all the potential topics for this year, it was difficult to narrow them down as there are so many important aging topics that we should be talking with our loved ones about. COVID and the 2021 Texas winter storm highlighted how important these four topics are for aging and living well.”
This year’s topics are:
- Pain management
- Virtual connection
Worksites and organizations that want to participate in Texas Talks can receive a toolkit with strategies and materials — including emails, articles and general guidance — for engaging in aging-related conversations. To further enhance participation among family members, the program is also providing worksheets with activities for navigating these discussions.
To learn more about the campaign and this year’s topics, visit the Texas Talks webpage.
For questions, email Texas Talks.