Gov. Perry Issues Executive Order to Create Aging Texas Well Advisory Committee and Action Plan
Gov. Rick Perry today issued an executive order formalizing the "Aging Texas Well" initiative at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). The order asks the department to continue its work to identify and discuss aging policy issues, guide state government readiness and promote increased community preparedness for an aging Texas population.
"Increased longevity and the aging of the baby boom generation have led to a growing number of elderly Texans placing new demands on state services," Perry said. "The Aging Texas Well Advisory Committee will ensure that Texas is prepared to meet these needs."
Under the executive order, DADS is directed to form an advisory committee to advise the department and to make recommendations to state leadership on implementation of the Aging Texas Well Initiative. DADS will create and disseminate a comprehensive and effective working plan to identify and discuss aging policy issues, guide state government readiness and promote increased community preparedness for an aging Texas.
DADS will also lead a planning effort to ensure the readiness of all Texas state agencies to serve an aging population by identifying issues, current initiatives and future needs.
The Aging Texas Well initiative was first created in 1997 to encourage Texans to prepare for aging in all aspects of life.