Texas Lawmakers Return To Austin

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And they’re off! Lawmakers are gathering in Austin today for the start of the 140-day regular session of the Texas Legislature, facing a tight state spending picture, varying priorities from their leaders and a heavy workload of thorny issues to settle on behalf of the state’s 27 million residents. The House and Senate looks much the same as they did two years ago. Republicans run both chambers, with a 20-11 majority in the Senate and a 95-55 hold on the …

AARP Texas Presents Legislative Priorities for 2017

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When state lawmakers convene next month for the 2017 legislative session, AARP Texas will pursue an agenda that includes strengthening nursing home quality, easing stress for family caregivers, helping millions of Texans save for retirement, and protecting seniors from financial exploitation. AARP’s non-partisan Texas legislative priorities also include a focus on eliminating surprise medical bills, and advocating for the age 50+ community to ensure that insurance costs are reasonable, coverage is reliable, and utility services are affordable and dependable. The …

One Austin Woman’s Mantra: Don’t Be A Shut In, Ride the Bus

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Austin is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the nation, with a population of more than 930,000. Like other Texas cities, it’s car-focused, which means frequently long commutes and roadway congestion. Despite the daily traffic messes, public transit ridership has not increased significantly in recent years. Though it offers a robust transportation network of more than 360 buses, 82 bus routes, 220 vanpools, 171 paratransit vehicles, and a 32-mile rail line, Capital Metro passenger numbers are mostly stagnant, with …

A Pledge To Support Texas Caregivers

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By Bob Jackson Not often enough is there public discussion of the topic of family caregiving and what can be done to support these everyday heroes. Now is a great time for the conversation: November is National Family Caregivers Month. In Texas alone, there are more than 3.4 million family caregivers. Each day, they’re assisting older parents, spouses, partners, children with disabilities, other family members and friends, helping them remain in their own homes and communities – where they want …

Austin Livability Solutions Forum To Be Held Thursday, Nov. 17

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On Thursday evening, Nov. 17, AARP Texas will host a public forum in Austin featuring local and national experts discussing strategies for Texas communities to become even more accessible, comfortable and safe for people of all ages. Thursday’s “Austin Livability Solutions” event is the latest of the nationally acclaimed AARP Livable Communities Solutions Forums and will be presented as part of the Image Austin speaker series. The event – which is free and open to the public — will feature …

Summit on LGBT Aging takes place Saturday, Nov. 12, in Fort Worth

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Many older LGBT citizens face difficulties getting proper medical treatment. Some live alone due to fear of discrimination. Others can find it hard to settle into nursing homes because of potential mistreatment. AARP Texas will participate in an event this weekend in Fort Worth that aims to provide education and advice. From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, the Coalition for Aging LGBT will host the Inaugural Summit on LGBT Aging at the University of North Texas’ Health …

Austin Adopts Plan To Be More Age-Friendly

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Austin enjoys a reputation as a young city. It’s also among the fastest-growing areas for people 55 and older. City leaders are taking the growth trend seriously. On Thursday, the Austin City Council approved a plan to help people “age in place.” The plan – the first of its kind to be adopted by a Texas city – aims to bring about needed changes that will benefit older persons, families and children alike. When implemented, it asks for a recreation …

Texans Want Protection From Surprise Medical Bills

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On the Fourth of July, Sidney Williams of Brownsville sliced his hand while opening a vase. He needed urgent medical treatment. So, he visited a nearby emergency clinic after a friend called ahead to see if the clinic would accept his insurance. When they arrived, Williams said the clinic staff confirmed that the clinic would accept his insurance. He got stitches and other care from the clinic’s onsite doctor. Later, he got a medical bill – for $6,500. Not surprisingly, …

AARP Texas Presents Ollie Besteiro With 2016 Andrus Award

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AARP Texas today announced that Olivia “Ollie” Besteiro has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 AARP Texas Andrus Award for Community Service. Named after AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus, the award is given in recognition of those who embody the association’s goal of bringing lifetimes of experience and leadership to serve all generations. Besteiro, an Austin resident and South Texas native, is a former long-time public school teacher and state education association leader who has worked tirelessly as …

Find the nursing home for your loved one

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Asking a loved one to move into a nursing home is a difficult decision, and choosing the right home can be an emotional task. Before settling on a facility, experts say it’s a good idea to visit several and to use a checklist based on your observations. In Texas, there are more than 1,200 nursing homes. Tragically, the quality of care in Texas nursing homes is worse than many other states. One in five nursing home residents, or roughly 19,000 …