From India, Inspired by AARP

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Always good to see Dr. S. P. Kinjawadekar, the 85-year-old president emeritus and founder of India’s only national senior citizens organization, the All-India Senior Citizens Confederation. Dr. Kinjawadekar, who said he was inspired by AARP to start this organization 16 years ago, was a physician for more than 30 years in his native country before turning his attention to older Indian issues and starting the nonprofit organization. He has a daughter living in Austin and was making his 3rd visit …

Tax Season Made Easy

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There’s one month until Tax Day! Tax season is notorious for being a headache for many during the springtime. From meeting strict deadlines, to knowing which services are reliable, taxes can create some unwanted stress. That’s why Tax-Aide started nearly five decades ago. In 1970, AARP’s Tax-Aide Program was imagined during a Naval Reserve exercise and now serves nearly 2.7 million taxpayers annually. Admiral Bernie Nash was informed by a Naval Reserve officer, who was also an IRS official, that …

“Age Tax” would be unfair, unaffordable; Older Texans deserve better

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A bill has been introduced in Congress to change the law and allow health insurance companies to charge older people premiums that are five times more than they charge younger people, instead of the current limit of three times as much. Make no mistake, this is an “age tax” that severely penalizes people age 50 to 64 while providing a very small benefit for younger people. We’ve heard a lot about what’s going on in Washington, D.C., lately. But here’s …

Judge John Vasquez Appointed to AARP Texas Executive Council

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Retired Austin Municipal Judge John Vasquez, now a San Antonio resident, is the newest member of the AARP Texas Executive Council. Vasquez served as a municipal judge for nearly 20 years—from 1996-2015. A graduate of the University of Texas School Of Law, he was elected chair of the Municipal Judges Section of the State Board of Texas. He has served as special counsel to the state auditor and chief of the Charitable Trusts Section of the state attorney general’s office. …

Memo to Members of Congress: Don’t Mess with Medicare!

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As members of Congress return home to their districts in Texas this Presidents Day week, we – the citizens who put them in office — have an opportunity to remind them of this: Medicare is a deal that was made long ago with all Americans. Congress has a duty to protect it! Proposals to turn Medicare into a voucher system would take health care in precisely the wrong direction — pushing up costs for current and future retirees, and eroding …

Taxes Made Easy with AARP Tax Aide

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Tax season is notorious for being a springtime headache. From meeting strict deadlines, to trying to use a reliable service, taxes can create some unwanted stress. That’s why AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started nearly five decades ago. In 1970, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide was imagined during a Naval Reserve exercise. Now it serves nearly 2.7 million taxpayers annually. Admiral Bernie Nash was informed by a Naval Reserve officer, who was also an IRS official, that older taxpayers were cheating themselves out of …

Staying Safe in the Texas Heat

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Things are heating up in Texas. By the looks of it, this is just the beginning of a long, hot summer. Heat indexes and temperatures have already hit triple digits in many places across the state. For Texas natives and Texas transplants alike, it’s a great time to review ways to stay safe in our extreme environment. Be careful when heading outside for afternoon activities. Adults age 65 and older are particularly susceptible to heat stress, often due to medical …

Make your vote count on Social Security

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Some 12 to 13 million Texans should pay particular attention now that all major presidential candidates have come forward with their plans to keep Social Security strong and solvent for current and future generations. That’s approximately the number of Texans who are now paying Social Security taxes — both salary and wage earners as well as the self-employed. The July issue of AARP Bulletin will feature the candidates’ responses. But laying out a plan and making sure it works as …

Retirement Security for More Texans

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Today, Tim Morstad, who leads AARP’s advocacy work in Texas on several consumer issues, explained how to bring retirement security to more Texans at the RAISE Texas Summit at the Federal Reserve Board in Dallas. “This issue is important because it’s so widespread,” says Morstad, who serves as the RAISE Texas board president. “One in four Texans between the ages of 40 and 64 has less than $5,000 in retirement savings.” “People are exponentially more likely to save through their …

In Memoriam: Centenarian Frank Kormos

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As National Volunteer Month winds down, we salute the life and service of centenarian and former Andrus Award winner Frank Kormos of Dallas. In addition to being AARP’s oldest Texas volunteer, he has concurrently been an active member at his church and a block captain for his homeowner association in addition to other volunteer work. “The Andrus Award is presented to those remarkable people whose efforts and achievements have effected significant positive change,” said AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson said …