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Houston
Houston
Texas
708 reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars based on 1134 ratings
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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities

Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States. 

The Harris County Area Agency on Aging (HCAAA) is part of a nationwide network coordinating supportive services for the elderly as mandated by the Older Americans Act of 1965 and its subsequent amendments.

The HCAAA's programs are tailored to meet the social, nutritional, educational and logistical needs of all Harris County residents age 60 and above.

  1. Nutrition services include the home-delivered meal program for the homebound elderly and the congregate meal program at senior centers throughout Harris County. HCAAA offers in-home services, caregiver training and other supportive services.
  2. Personal Assistance: This service includes assistance with all tasks identified in Homemaker, plus activities related to the client's physical health. Assigned tasks and number of units per week are determined by the program supervisor.
 
 
 
Contacts8000 N Stadium Drive 3rd floor
Houston TX 77054
Phone: 832.393.4301
Email: [email protected]
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Most people always help an elder get the door at the store or help them reach an item. They say yes mam or no sir.
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Houston is the most populous city Texas, and one of the most densely inhabited municipalities in the country. One-fourth of all Houstonians are older than 50 years, and one in ten are at least 65. According to AARP, an age-friendly city has the resources to enhance personal independence. It is a safe place that offers affordable housing and transportation options and has a supportive community that encourages residents to age in place by fostering engagement in the community's civic, economic and social life. Houston joined the Network of Age Friendly Cities in August 2014, and Mayor Sylvester Turner reaffirmed our commitment in September 2018. As a native and life-long Houstonian I recognize many age-friendly characteristics such as the availability of home modification programs for aging in place as well as a range of age-friendly and mostly affordable housing options; safe and accessible recreational facilities; leisure and cultural activities including opportunities for older residents to socialize and engage with their peers as well as with younger people; paid and volunteer opportunities for older residents to participate in; multiple home-based care services, health clinics and programs that promote wellness and active aging, as well as a welcoming, gracious citizenry. As Houstonians relinquish driving our greatest challenge is safe and affordable public transportation, and private carriers like taxis, Uber and Lyft can be costly to traverse the nearly 10,000 square miles we spread. Our summers are sizzling, and our winters are rainy. There is an unforgivable dearth of bus shelters for the riders of Metro busses that are not always clean and often not timely. METROLift is the accessible, seven-day-a-week option but it runs on a very overbooked schedule leaving clients with lengthy waits to be picked up at their destinations. A one-way trip costs $1.25, an annual pass is $418.50, which may be prohibitively expensive for some older, disabled citizens. Overall, my city is age-friendly in every way except for public transportation.
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I love in the Montrose area and worked at Barnaby's cafe. Everyone is very friendly. I took care of a couple of patients in the Galleria area. I absolutely loved it. These are definitely the safer parts of Houston.

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How did Texas earn the grade of B? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Texas has a state sales tax of 6.25%. Of particular interest is that Texas does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Texas has an effective property tax rate of 1.86%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Texas earned its state tax grade of B.

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