Texas is getting older. The two fastest-growing age groups are 85+ and 65-84, and they will make up 17% of the total population by 2050. Texas seniors are also experiencing higher rates of often-preventable and non-communicable diseases than ever before, outpacing most other states. Central barriers to effective healthcare could be overcome or mitigated with a few policy changes. The author is a Bush School student whose work was supported by a research fellowship from The Texas Lyceum.