AARP Texas

Kim Loop

Biography:

Texas born and raised, Kim has worked with AARP since 2008. She’s a recovering journalism student, a bit of a policy nerd, a foodie groupie and a wannabe runner… And here she’ll be keeping you up to date on what the AARP team is up to in the Lone Star State.

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Crack Down on Elder Abuse

Posted on 01/26/2016 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Elder abuse, like many other forms of domestic abuse, is an often hidden phenomenon that affects many older Texans. Financial exploitation is the most prevalent form of elder abuse. Every year, abuse and exploitation rob older Americans of $3 billion—and this is only the amount reported. When criminals take advantage of older people by forging a signature or coercing them to sign a will, the impact goes far beyond the pocketbook and affects the physical and emotional health of the …

Texas Caregivers Making the News

Posted on 12/28/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

As we’ve been spending more time with family during the holidays, Texas newspapers have been highlighting the family caregivers who give so much year round. There are more than 3.4 million unpaid family caregivers in Texas. They help older parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home. Lynn Greenblatt of Austin cares for her husband, Seth, who has a neurological disorder. After watching her mother care for her father while he had cancer, she knew she couldn’t do …

Donald and Angie Hamm, Answering the Call to Volunteer

Posted on 12/20/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus once said, “The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” Every day, people give their time to help members of our age 50+ community, people like Donald and Angie Hamm. They met Veronica de Lafuente, who leads AARP’s outreach work in the Rio Grande Valley, at a Life Reimagined event in Brownsville last year. “When Veronica was telling me all the …

Caregivers Deserve Our Thanks And More

Posted on 11/19/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

There are more than 3.4 million unpaid family caregivers in Texas. It is with pride that we extend our thanks to each one of them. Family caregivers are the meal givers, the medicine givers, the compassion givers. They help their loved ones bathe and dress, prepare meals, drive to medical appointments, assist with finances and much more. Some perform complex medical tasks like giving injections, managing complicated medications or cleaning wounds – often with little or no training. Many provide …

Keeping Your Home Safe, Smart and Uniquely Yours

Posted on 10/21/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Is your home safe enough for you to continue living in it independently as you age? What extra precautions or assistance might you need? How much will home adjustments cost, and what regulations do you need to follow? AARP HomeFit is here to help you live smarter and safer–and to help you evaluate the “livability” of your own home. The workshops, which have kicked off around the state this fall, are designed to help with simple home restoration tips and …

Social Security still popular and for good reasons

Posted on 08/14/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Statistics tell a powerful story. Consider that 36 percent of Texas residents age 65 or older depend on Social Security as their only source of income. Or that more than four of 10 in this age group would live in poverty were it not for Social Security. Then there are people like 72-year-old Raechel Foerster, who paint a face on those numbers. She is one of 3.7 million Texans who could tell their own story of how Social Security makes …