By: Carly Campbell
The STARS Program Presented by Vista Equity Partners honors the service of over a dozen nonprofit community organizations by offering an exclusive preview of the Trail of Lights.
As a 2016 STARS Sponsor, Vista Equity Partners spreads the holiday cheer of the Trail of Lights to the AGE of Central Texas community. Their sponsorship allows participants an exclusive look at the Trail with a private tour of all the lights, magic & fun! If you're interested in becoming a STARS Sponsor, visit our STARS at the Trail information page here!
The members of our Adult Day Health Centers – many of whom have some level of memory loss -- really engage with the holidays, since many of their “historic memories” are embedded in their families’ holiday events and traditions. So we enjoy lots of activities and events each holiday season to celebrate our members and their cultural heritages.
The Trail of Lights is an Austin tradition, and our members really enjoy reliving the Trail of Lights and all the imaginative displays. The bus ride is a special treat for them, and the wonderful volunteers help make the visit a special holiday treat for both the members and their families.
AGE of Central Texas is celebrating our 30th Anniversary Year in 2016. In addition to the Adult Day Health Centers, AGE of Central Texas also serves Central Texas through the Health Equipment Lending Program (HELP), which provides both no-cost, long-term loans of durable medical equipment -- in addition to providing free adult incontinence products -- to low-income individuals in the community. Donations to the HELP program are always helpful, especially during the holiday season. Of course, we serve senior adults and their families throughout the year, so an end-of-year financial donation is always welcome, to help launch AGE into the next 30 years of community service. Learn more here!
As we move into our next 30 years of service to Central Texas, we anticipate expanding all of our core programs. In 2017 alone, we will be expanding resources for family caregivers, launching a new “Memory Connections” early memory loss program in Georgetown, and continuing to tackle the challenges that senior adults are facing as Central Texas keeps growing, so that all seniors and their families can experience a shared journey of strength and compassion.
Thank you Austin! 2017 Austin Trail of Lights was filled with smiling faces, amazing performances from our community and of course millions of twinkling lights! From spinning under the Zilker Tree, around the carousel and Ferris Wheel to visits with Santa - check out a few highlights!