Caregivers Rejoice as University of Texas Invests in Aging and Longevity Research

Texas is Aging Fast

By 2040, the number of Texans over the age of 65 will account for a full 1/5 (or 20%) of the state’s entire population. This growing population faces unique challenges and requires a unique set of resources—something family caregivers are all-too-familiar with. However, studies into the needs of elderly individuals had taken a back seat to flashier issues. Thankfully, one of Texas’s biggest universities is dedicating a massive amount of funding, resources, and physical space to the challenge. Maintaining a healthy and vital elderly population is essential.

New Facility to House Research into Longevity and Quality of Life

The University of Texas recently opened a new facility that consolidates the college’s considerable body of research on aging and longevity in one central location. The new Texas Aging and Longevity Center (or TALC), will be located at the University of Texas’s Austin Campus. Here UT will house researchers and support studies that were previously spread over the colleges 12 campuses.

This new facility will become a hub of research and will host a series of events designed to attract and retain some of the best and brightest minds in the field of aging and longevity. The goal is improving the lives of elderly individuals and the caregivers who provide essential services for them.

Some of the key events the TALC will host include: speaking events, training workshops, clubs.

It is hoped this renewed investment in studies concerning elderly living will help gain new insight into common problems for all aging individuals in Texas, such as:

  1. Social isolation

  2. Brain aging

  3. Technology and aging

  4. Early life predictors of health and longevity

Academia has been slow to catch up. Indeed, family caregiv