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Approximately 10,000 people are turning 65 years old every day and housing is a major consideration, especially in Austin, where we have one of the fastest growing senior populations in the country. Many of these people are moving to Austin post-retirement while others have lived here for years but are now ready to downsize from the family home. Still others need home modifications and are interested in learning about ways to offset the rising cost of remaining in their current homes. Some want buildings that will accommodate intentional communities such as cohousing and shared housing. Most are curious about new technologies that enhance lifestyle, security and convenience.
The Austin Board of Realtors, AustinUp, AARP Texas, Capital City Village, Well Beyond Care, Technology Advisors Group, b8ta and Dochen Realtors have all partnered with Aging2.0 Austin to bring you this symposium and expo. It is a unique opportunity for professionals in real estate, housing, and technology to share and learn from older adults and senior advocates. Scroll down to see the entire program agenda and check out the bios on the speakers.
A separate exhibit area will be available from 1:00 to 4:00 for tabletop displays relating to innovative technology and other options that will enhance aging in place and community. There will also be a Pitch Event of the most innovative/interesting exhibitors. The Exhibit Hall does not require a registration and there is no charge for this afternoon session.
City of Austin
Community Development Administrator
Austin Community Design and Development Center
Teresa Sansone Ferguson is the executive director of non-profit organization AustinUP (http://www.austinup.org), which was formed as a result of the Mayor's Task Force on Aging – based on the fact that the Austin area has the nation’s fastest-growing population of people between 55 and 64, and the second fastest-growing population of people 65 and over. AustinUP works with business and civic leaders, non-profit service organizations, boomers, seniors and caregivers on issues related to the future of aging in Austin.
Teresa has built a career promoting causes, non-profit organizations and technology start-ups. From 1984 to 2007, she also worked at KUT Public Radio. She was the local host of NPR's Morning Edition, producer/host of KUT's Femme FM (a music show featuring female artists), and producer/host of the Austin Music Minute.
Carol Marak has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, PBS, NPR, AARP, USNews, American Society on Aging, local newspapers throughout the U.S. and radio shows.
She has become the authority in the aging alone, elder orphan, and solo aging population that understands and supports the individuals facing growing older and alone challenges. Carol and her sisters helped their parents with elder care concerns. Her father lived with Alzheimer’s disease, and her mother developed a chronic heart condition. After they passed, she questioned, “who will do all that for me?” Carol has no spouse, partner, or children to count on.
Bill McHugh is a fourth generation builder, working with his father building homes from the ground up as a young boy. But, his father insisted that he should take a different direction in life, so he enlisted in the Air Force only to discover technology and another opportunity to build.
After the Air Force, Bill went back to school to study technology and was quickly hired by IBM, then ventured out with a small group of partners and started a small technology research and development company that created web applications for Microsoft. He spent the next few years working with high tech startups raising capital and headed up a development department for an online pharmaceutical company.
But, construction was in his blood, and in the mid 90’s Bill started a small construction company. He felt education was essential and attended the University of Illinois to study passive home design and became nationally certified in the construction industry through the National Association of Home Builders. He continues to evolve his business to address existing and future customer requirement. Whether it is sustainability applications or smart homes, it’s all about how to create the safest environment and best home for your family.
He was privileged to serve on the National Green Build subcommittee in Washington D.C. He is also an active member of Texas Association of Builders, and was the president of Austin Home Builders Remodeling Council for 5 years, which became nationally recognized under his leadership.
Bill’s deep rooted values in faith, family, and community have resulted in his involvement as secretary and treasurer of the Mitte Foundation, a non-profit family foundation focused on education. Bill also headed up their International Habitat for Humanity program taking students around the world. For over five years Bill helped Habitat for Humanity with Jimmy Carter builds in Mexico, rebuilding an apartment complex in Romaine, and sustainable building in New Zealand. Bill currently sits on the Family Elder Care and Lyons Garden boards where he can better understand our aging populations needs, and how to help make their homes a safer place.
Some of the Certifications held by Bill include:
– Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)
– Master Certified Green Professional (CGP)
– Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) & (CAPS II)
– Licensed Lead-Safe Remodeler
– RESNET Accredited Home Energy Rating System Rater/Field Inspector
– Graduate of Passive Housing Institute
– Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) Pilot Program Extended Area Rater
He has also won numerous awards including:
2017 Best of Houzz – Client Satisfaction
2015 Star Awards- Best Addition, Less than $50,000
2015 Chrysalis Award – Regional Winner, Whole House Remodel under $250,000
2015 Best of Houzz – Customer Service
For more details about Bill and Tier1 Group visit his website at http://www.t1build.com
Mandy De Mayo is Community Development Administrator for the City of Austin. In this position, she is responsible for managing housing and community development programs funded through local, state, and federal resources. In addition, De Mayo is responsible for developing and fostering strategic relationships in the community to further the mission of the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department. Prior to working for the City of Austin, De Mayo served as Executive Director of HousingWorks, a nonprofit research, education, and advocacy organization that is dedicated to increasing affordable housing in Austin. De Mayo holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of affordable housing and community development.
Nicole Joslin has a diverse professional and academic background in architecture, development, disaster recovery, and community engagement. Nicole serves as the Executive Director of the Austin Community Design and Development Center, which works to improve the quality of life for all through community-engaged design and teaches community-engagement in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas. Nicole is also chair of the Austin Housing Coalition and board member of Evolve Austin Partners, two coalitions of affordable housing providers and grassroots organizations supporting the development of an affordable, mobile, and sustainable Austin.
Commission on Seniors
AARP Texas Associate State Director of Outreach and Advocacy
Aging2.0 Austin Chapter
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