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 (ASC) office recognizes that talking about the future and sensitive decisions with the older adults in our lives can sometimes be difficult. In 2018, ASC developed the Texas Talks campaign to help facilitate 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 these conversations happen year-round and releases new topics each fall to coincide with holiday gatherings.
"COVID-19 and the 2021 Texas winter storm have highlighted the importance of friends and family and how these cherished relationships positively impact our health,” said Holly Riley, ASC director. “This year’s Texas Talks topics center on the value in sharing our family histories, how to create legacies for future generations and the importance of talking about our health history with our loved ones."
This year’s topics are:
- Family history
- Person-centered, trauma-informed care
- Health screenings
- Traditions and legacies
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.