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Colonel Randle Joins Texas Volunteer Leadership

Posted on 05/6/2015 by | Texas | Comments

By Vanessa Rodriguez Texas native and former U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot Lawrence Randle has been named to the AARP Texas Executive Council, continuing his life-long commitment to volunteerism on behalf of AARP’s more than 2 million members in Texas. Born in the small town of Reagan, southeast of Waco, Randle is a retired colonel who served 34 years as both a reserve and active duty officer. From 1980 to 1984, his military assignments centered around UH-60 Black Hawk …

Community Renewal Is A Team Concept In Fort Worth

Posted on 04/22/2015 by | Texas | Comments

Just northeast of downtown Fort Worth, in a neighborhood of artists, professionals and working class residents, a cadre of AARP volunteers are collaborating with community leaders and residents to transform Six Points Urban Village in the Riverside District into a vibrant, walkable place. Named for its six-way intersection of three major streets, Six Points is one of 16 designated urban villages in Fort Worth. They’re small, dense – and sometimes long-neglected – pockets of the city that have been identified …

Getting To Know Austin’s new City Council

Posted on 04/17/2015 by | Texas | Comments

Having marked only their first 100 days in office, members of Austin’s first City Council under a new “10-1” system of government are in a honeymoon phase of getting to know one another and learning the city’s biggest issues. The City Council has spent the bulk of its time in orientation sessions and policy workshops, and Council members have purposefully postponed votes on many major decisions until they feel more settled. Austin’s elected leaders are still testing the strength of …

For 3.4 Million Family Caregivers, A Simple Request

Posted on 03/30/2015 by | Texas | Comments

Each day in Texas, millions of uncelebrated heroes are giving baths and preparing meals. They’re providing rides to the doctor and grocery store. They’re dispending medicines and handling complex medical tasks, sometimes with little or no training. They are family caregivers. There are nearly 3.4 million of them in Texas alone, and they’re helping loved ones get the care that they need to live independently at home. For more than seven years, I was a caregiver to my lifelong love, …

Report: Abuse In Texas Nursing Homes On The Rise

Posted on 01/26/2015 by | Texas | Comments

Texas is facing a dramatic rise in elderly abuse inside Texas nursing homes, according to a recent report by KVUE-TV in Austin. The report also said that despite millions of taxpayer dollars being spent to help run the facilities, the State of Texas is failing to hold nursing homes accountable for continued neglect. In addition, a segment of the five-part , KVUE-TV “State of Neglect” report focused on an increase in medication errors in Texas nursing homes and noted a …

Health Care and Consumer Issues Top AARP Texas Legislative Agenda in 2015

Posted on 01/13/2015 by | Texas | Comments

For the 2015 legislative session that convenes today, AARP Texas will engage with lawmakers on a wide-ranging agenda of health care and consumer issues that matter to Texans age 50 and up. While big topics like the state budget and taxes are on our plates, we’re already talking to legislators about a host of nonpartisan proposals related to family caregiving, quality nursing homes, surprise medical billing, retirement security, and predatory payday lending. AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson will lead an …