AARP Texas

Kim Loop


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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Texas Ranks a Dismal 49th

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

New scorecard ranks Lone Star State in terms of long-term quality of care and quality of life State watchdog to examine the future of agency that licenses nursing homes and long term services at June 24-25 hearing AUSTIN, TX– Just days before the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission examines the future of the state agency that regulates long-term care services in Texas, a national report released today by AARP ranks Texas 49th in “Quality of Care and Quality of Life”, a …

Texas HR Pro Joins AARP Board of Directors

Posted on 06/17/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

AARP last week welcomed Libby Sartain of Bastrop to its Board of Directors. “I am honored to serve on AARP’s Board of Directors.” Sartain said. “It is an organization committed to service, inspiring social change and ensuring that people of all backgrounds age with dignity and respect. I look forward to serving AARP members and the broader 50+ population.” Sartain is an independent advisor, working with companies on human resource issues. With more than 30 years of experience in human …

A Dangerous Season is Upon Us

Posted on 06/5/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

By Curt Buckley Could you tell me the deadliest U.S. disaster of all time? It was a catastrophe that claimed more lives than the attacks on 9/11 and Pearl Harbor did combined. Stumped? I’ll give you a hint: It happened right here in Texas. Yep, you guessed it. (Or you didn’t; I’ll never know.) It’s estimated that the Hurricane of 1900, which slammed into Galveston, killed as many as 12,000 people, with most official reports citing around 8,000. Its Category …

AARP, Brownsville to Make City Age Friendly

Posted on 06/4/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez and AARP representatives will officially announced details of the innovative initiative, “Age-Friendly Communities,” in a press conference this morning. These communities meet the needs of their residents, a place where residents feel safe and included. It is that desire to make our cities accessible to all that’s fueling the AARP and the World Health Organization (WHO) “Age-Friendly Communities” effort in Brownsville. Mayor Martinez said the city has committed to joining the Age Friendly Communities effort. “The …

One Grandfather’s Lesson

Posted on 05/29/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

By Curt Buckley “First the smoke, then the flame.” That’s perhaps the first lesson I ever remember learning. And I didn’t learn it from my favorite elementary school teacher, or my mom or my dad. Papa, my mother’s father, taught it to me. “First the smoke, then the flame,” Papa repeated as we both stared intently at the wisps of smoke trickling up through a pile of pine needles one cool fall evening. We had just spent the day raking …

Study Details Texas Cities with High Pedestrian Fatality Incidents

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

It is not unusual to see Texans walking to work, places in their neighborhoods or to school. It’s not only economical, but it provides a form of physical activity that can combat chronic disease. While Texans are walking more we are still dealing with roadways that put us, the pedestrian, in danger. Now a new study, Dangerous by Design 2014, shows that from 2003 to 2012, 4,192 people died while walking in Texas, and that number jumps to 47,025 on …