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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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 …

Sept. 11: A Day of Service

Posted on 08/10/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Each year, AARP volunteers and staff give back in a slightly different way. On Sept. 11, a nationwide day of service, we step out of our community events and away from our desks and choose a different place to serve. This year is no different. Across the state, we’re going to do something a little out of the ordinary–from walking dogs at animal shelters to serving meals to homebound seniors. Would you like to join us? If you’re a current …

Fort Worth: Transform Our Streets

Posted on 08/3/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

AARP is teaming up with civic leaders and groups to make Fort Worth an even better place to live, work and play for people of all ages. September is Age-Friendly Fort Worth Month, and there’ll be exciting events throughout the community to showcase what’s in store now that Fort Worth is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 12, a “Celebrate Riverside!” event will be held in the Riverside Arts …

New Texas Laws and You

Posted on 08/1/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

The 140-day Texas legislative session flew by–a blur of busyness. So too did this summer. Now, September is around the corner. With it’s arrival, many new laws go into effect. So what changes do you need to know about? Here are some of the changes that will most impact Texans age 50+ and their families: Surprise medical billing: Texas consumers have been being charged expensive, out-of-network fees for medical care they receive at in-network facilities. Among other measures, a new …

Make Your City Age-Friendly

Posted on 07/17/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

All across Texas, we’re looking at things a little differently. We’re looking at sidewalks and parks and bus routes. We’re asking people what else we should look at. This is part of our focus on helping the biggest cities in Texas join AARP’s Network Age-Friendly Communities. Once they join, the work is just starting. Then we talk to locals and neighbors across the great cities, asking them what they want out of their city. We take this information and help …

Legislative Session Mostly Positive for Older Texans

Posted on 06/11/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

The recently completed 2015 Texas legislative session posted significant gains for older Texans in key areas including increased spending for home- and community-based care programs, consumer protections against surprise medical billing, and progress on a consumer and homeowner issues for middle class Texans, AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson said. But in the waning moments of the session, the Legislature failed to pass the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services’ sunset legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of Texans residing …