By the year 2040, the number of Texans age 60 and older triples and is projected to reach 9.4 million and comprise almost one-quarter of the Texas population. Every facet of life in the state will be impacted from public services, the economy and health care. This changing, aging demographic requires federal, state and local leaders, along with communities, to view such disparate issues as the workforce, housing, transportation, insurance, safety and particularly the system of long-term services and supports in a new context, with an older perspective.
The OAA requires states to develop a plan on aging to obtain funding from the Administration on Aging (AoA). The agency that is responsible for the oversight of the State Unit on Aging, as well as the development of the state plan for Texas is the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). Texas is submitting to AoA, a state plan for a three year period from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2010.
Updated: February 24, 2011