Aging task force eyes senior daycare, resource center

Progress continues in Buda’s attempt to make the city a friendlier place for senior citizens.

On Oct. 2, Buda Human Resources Manager Kristin Williams provided an update to the Buda City Council on the city’s Task Force on Aging, including the possibility of an adult daycare and a senior resource center.

The mission behind the Task Force on Aging is to “enhance the quality of life for Buda’s senior residents and their caregivers,” Williams said. Buda’s task force was created in early 2017.

Williams said the task force meets twice a month with several agencies and entities in the Central Texas area that share a common focus on providing information to senior citizens.

Williams said the AGE of Central Texas organization, which provides adult daycare, expressed interest in opening a location in Buda after meeting with the members of the task force.

“They have a very strong interest in this community,” Williams said.

Task Force member Katherine Metzler said the group has made “great strides” in the last five to six months.

Metzler said one of the top priorities of the task force was to streamline the senior resource page on city’s website, which has already been accomplished. She discussed the possibilities of a senior resource center in Buda, as well as achieving “age-friendly” status.

Buda public information officer David Marino, who is also the task force liaison, said the organization continues to serve as a “voice for our senior community.”

“Our task force has discussed the possibility of having a senior resource center in Buda, but there is nothing set in stone at this time,” Marino said. He added the center would serve as a central location for senior residents to pick up information.

“The idea of a senior resource center is a very preliminary discussion and ultimately we would have to go before city council to move forward,” Marino said.

Marino said the city’s transportation program is available to all senior residents age 60 or older living within Buda’s city limit.

The free transportation service currently operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m to noon.

The service transports riders to Buda, Kyle and San Marcos, as well as the grocery store, bank, hair salon, as well as non-emergency or routine medical appointments.

Metzler said the task force has been working very hard on collecting resources and doing research on ways to aid Buda’s growing senior population. She requested that the task force take a month off and resume meeting in January 2018.

“Our Task Force on Aging is making great strides … to enhance the quality of life for Buda’s senior residents through planning, coordinating and monitoring the availability of services and information,” Marino said.

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