A Case For Reform of Texas Nursing Homes

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Carolyn Hartman’s mother, Myrtle Hartman, died last spring after spending eight years in a Central Texas nursing facility. Two weeks before Myrtle’s death, Carolyn learned that her mother, at the age of 93, was being given – without necessary consent — an-anti-anxiety medication with serious side effects. But that’s not all. There were other serious health concerns facing her mother that shocked the Hartman family. “A phone call came one morning that she had severe pain in her right hip,” …

AARP Texas Statement on the passing of Congressman Eligio “Kika” de la Garza

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On behalf of AARP Texas, State President Charlene James issued the following statement to extend condolences to the family and friends of Congressman Eligio “Kika” de la Garza, who died Monday: “I am very saddened to learn of Kika de la Garza’s passing. Texas has lost an exceptional leader and great statesman, and the world has lost a champion for progress. “A proud son of the Rio Grande Valley, Congressman de la Garza served the people of our state well …

Family Caregiver Bill To Help Millions of Texans

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A bill filed this week in the Texas Senate would ensure that Texans taking care of a loved one released from a hospital or rehabilitation facility would receive caregiver information and training. Senate Bill 1417 by Texas Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano) would guarantee that family caregivers receive consultation in medical tasks, such as how to dress a wound or administer medications, to ensure that they can safely provide care when their loved ones return home. Known as the CARE Act, …

New tool in fight against financial exploitation of elders

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Texas Appleseed and AARP today released five “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides, a toolkit for financial caregivers in Texas who manage money or property for those unable to do so for themselves. This interactive series of guides, in English and Spanish, is available in print and online at www.ProtectTheirMoneyTx.org. Nearly 3.5 million unpaid family caregivers in Texas provide a great labor of love by helping their parents, spouses and others manage their financial affairs – but they often lack the …

Austin Job Expos Aim To Help Older Adults Find Work

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Job search and strategy skills are an essential asset to have as a worker today. In Central Texas, where many newcomers arrive each day looking for work, there’s a great demand for knowing the practical steps to take toward improving chances of getting a job. For older workers looking for employment opportunities or those who are just wanting to enhance their career-building and job-interviewing skills, a series of job expos are being held throughout Austin in 2017. AARP Texas is …

Legislature Looks To Help Texas’ 3.4 Million Family Caregivers

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Texans taking care of a loved one released from a hospital or rehabilitation facility would receive caregiver information and training, under a bill filed this week in the Texas Legislature. Known as the CARE Act, the legislation would guarantee that family caregivers receive consultation in medical tasks, such as how to dress a wound or administer medications, to ensure that they can safely provide care when their loved ones return home. State Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) filed House Bill 2425. …

Houston’s Mari Okabayashi Appointed to AARP Texas Executive Council

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Though retired from a business management consulting career, Mari Okabayashi stays active as a champion for older persons and volunteer for AARP in Houston. This month, Okabayashi accepted a two-year appointment to serve on the AARP Texas Executive Council. Executive Council members are appointed volunteers who work with AARP Texas staff and volunteers throughout the state to provide strategic guidance in support of AARP’s national strategies. For more than seven years, Okabayashi has been an AARP Texas volunteer. She’s been …

Coalition for Health Care Access Supports HB 1415 and SB 681

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Diverse coalition of 20 organizations represents consumer, business and health care stakeholders A group of diverse organizations representing consumers and business, and a broad range of health care stakeholders have come together to form the Coalition for Health Care Access. This group of 20 business and consumer-advocacy groups, including AARP, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Texas Association of Business and the Texas Public Policy Foundation are supporting HB 1415 and SB 681, which will expand access to health care by …

Texas Nursing Facilities Found To Be Shamefully Poor in Quality

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Nursing homes in Texas are escaping accountability for hurting residents and jeopardizing their health, according to a new report by AARP Texas. The report, “Intolerable Care: A snapshot of the Texas nursing home quality crisis,” finds that the quality of roughly 1,200 nursing facilities where 93,000 Texans reside, is shamefully poor and worse than what exists in most other states. It identifies numerous, long-standing, and severe problems that can be rectified with stronger state enforcement powers. AARP Texas Director Bob …

Respite Care Takes A Hit Under Leaders’ Proposed Budgets

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The second week of the Texas legislative session saw the unveiling of dueling budget proposals from House and Senate leaders who are starting negotiations over state spending billions of dollars apart and at odds over several key priorities. Both proposals fail to identify funding for a Lifespan Respite Program that’s considered invaluable to many unpaid family caregivers in Texas. More than 3 million Texans are caring each day for an aging parent or loved one, helping them to live independently …