According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the second fastest growing population of adults 65 and older and the fastest growing population of adults 55 to 64 are in the Central Texas region.
The Aging Services Council of Central Texas reports that by 2040 more than half a million (517,772) adults ages 65 and older will live in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties and comprise nearly one-fifth (18 percent) of the Central Texas population.
Many seniors already do or will rely on adult caregivers, often family members.
AGE of Central Texas, a non-profit organization, operates licensed, non-residential activity and health service centers for seniors, one in Round Rock and one in Austin.
Called Thrive Social and Wellness Centers, these facilities provide daytime care for older adults with physical or cognitive needs, with 90 percent of them suffering from memory loss or dementia.
These centers also provide caregivers who are still in the workforce a place that is safe, engaging and active for their senior loved ones, and they provide respite for other caregivers.