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Dawson Neighborhood


Walking Group For Seniors 60+

“Hi Neighbors,

My name is Cristina and I help Rachel Harmon plan activities for the Durwood Senior Center (where the newly-named So60+ group meets). We have a fantastic opportunity for seniors (60 and up) that I thought deserved a special announcement:

“The Ramblers” is a new 8-week social walking group that meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings to educate ourselves, stay active and see results!

First Meeting: Tuesday, June 2nd at 9:15 am – 9:45 am
Featuring: Presentation by Paul Carrozza, founder of RunTex and member of the President’s Council on Fitness.
Topic: “Getting Started Getting Fit, Considerations For The Aging Body”.
Durwood Senior Center, 2506 Durwood Street.

We’re also hosting “Individual Fitness Recommendations”
Sign up to receive a one-on-one with Paul Carrozza!
Tuesday, June 9th at 9:15 – 10:00 am
Durwood Senior Center, 2506 Durwood Street.

Cristina Coupal

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May 2015 is Elder Abuse Prevention Month

“Dear Dawson Neighborhood,

The Alzheimer’s Association is a member of the Adult Protective Services Community Board. We are reaching out to you with the following information, which speaks to the number of growing elderly population in the County and APS’s engagement with this segment of our population.

As you know, Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in America. The rate of elderly in our community is also growing at a rapid pace. In 2014, Travis County had close to 90,000 residents over the age of 65 and just below 58,000 adult residents with a disability.

Adult Protective Services (APS) is the state agency tasked with investigating abuse, neglect (including self-neglect), and exploitation of older adults (65 years and older) and adults with mental or physical disabilities that cause substantial impairment in their ability to live independently and provide self-care. If needed, APS then puts services in place to alleviate and prevent further maltreatment. Services might include emergency assistance for food or shelter, referrals for home attendant services, or information and referrals to other community resources.

In 2014, Travis County APS received 4,014 reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation. As most incidents of elder abuse are likely not reported, these numbers do not do justice to expose the problem. Abuse, neglect and exploitation occur across socioeconomic status, race, gender, and neighborhood lines. It may be surprising to note that close to 70% of all APS cases involve self-neglect. With families so spread out as they are these days, it is everyone’s business to watch out for the vulnerable older adult in the neighborhood.

Please go to for more indicators of abuse, neglect and exploitation and how to get involved.

Rose Rodriguez,
Office and Program Support
Alzheimer’s Association, Capital of Texas Chapter
(512) 241-0420 x 10″

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Durwood Senior Center Calendar

May 2015

(click the image for a big version or download the .pdf HERE)

 Program hosted by SANC

  • Special Events:
  • Tue, 5th: Cinco de Mayo Celebration at 11:00 AM.
  • Wed, 13th: Healthy Aging Series – Vision at 10:30 AM.
  • Thu, 21st: Healthy Aging Series – Hearing at 10:30 AM.
  • Wed, 27th: May Birthday Party at 11:00 AM.

Closures: Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day).


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