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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Beware of Crooks Capitalizing on Health Law Confusion

Beware of Crooks Capitalizing on Health Law Confusion

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

By Curt Buckley Confusion is a funny thing. It can lead to anger, doubt or misunderstanding. But in all instances, confusion impairs judgment. And cloudy judgment is where scammers and swindlers thrive. With the calendar winding down on the March 31 deadline to get insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, crooks are jumping at the opportunity to fool Texans who are unsure about what’s really required of them. Swindlers take advantage of misconceptions regarding the new health care law to …

Are You a Caregiver?

Are You a Caregiver?

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Are you acting as a caregiver for a loved one? If you feel overwhelmed and uncertain of where to turn, you are not alone. Five million Texans take on this task every year, and AARP has resources to facilitate your life as a caregiver as well as expand your knowledge on important issues about the subject. Visit aarp.org/caregiving for great articles like 12 Resources Every Caregiver Should Know About and 10 Ways to Deal With Caregiver Stress. If you want …

It’s a Man’s Disease… Or Is It?

It’s a Man’s Disease… Or Is It?

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

By Curt Buckley For the last post of the series on the last day of American Heart Month, let’s take a look at some of the popular misconceptions associated with heart disease. When asked to describe a heart attack victim, how many of us would picture an older, slightly-larger-than-average man keeled over gripping his left shoulder intensely? That’s the stereotypical image most of us have come to associate with heart problems. But if life has taught us anything, it’s that …

Eat Your Way to Heart Health

Eat Your Way to Heart Health

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

By Curt Buckley Eating well is another paramount component to staying heart-healthy. There are three dietary suggestions that should greatly improve your heart health. Focus on adding more fruits and vegetables, increasing your grain and fiber intake, and reducing the amount of saturated fat and trans fats you consume. Eating more fruits and vegetables will increase your bodies’ amounts of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. In addition, having additional fruits and veggies in your diet will leave less room for …

When William Isn’t Bill: A Voter ID Primer

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

By Ollie Besteiro “If you’re gonna vote in Texas, you gotta have a valid ID.” Maybe it’s not quite as catchy as the classic hit by the band Alabama, but it’s just as true as needing a fiddle in your band if you want to play in this state. In fact, it’s the law. With early voting for midterm primaries upon us, now is a good time to revisit the recent voting requirements for Texans. Before you head to the …

Movin' and Shakin' Your Way to Health

Movin’ and Shakin’ Your Way to Health

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

By Curt Buckley Whether you have high blood pressure or another heart health-related risk factor, you can decrease your chances of cardiovascular disease by becoming more active. It doesn’t take much. Experts say that just 30 minutes of physical activity a day can greatly improve heart health. If that’s not enough to motivate you, regular exercise also increases brain function and reduces feelings of depression and stress. I know exercise gets a bad rap, but that’s just folks being a …