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Viva Broadway Comes to a Historic Venue in San Antonio

Posted on 11/26/2014 by | Texas | Comments

Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, San Antonio’s Alameda Theatre was renowned as a place to see modern Spanish-language movies and variety shows. Now, the vaudeville-style theatre takes on an exciting new role. In December, the historic theatre in downtown San Antonio will serve as a venue for showcasing the work of Latino artists of all kinds, including those who are having an impact on Broadway. Hosted by AARP and the Broadway League, a “Viva Broadway” event takes place Thursday, Dec. …

Fort Worth Aims To Be More Age Friendly

Posted on 11/26/2014 by | Texas | Comments

By Christian Nisttáhuz Earlier this month, Fort Worth officially joined AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities. AARP volunteers and staff were on hand for the exciting announcement, presenting Mayor Betsy Price with an official welcome. What’s most exciting about this is that is marks a local effort to make Fort Worth a more inclusive, accessible and livable city. AARP is committed to working with Mayor Price to create an age-friendly Fort Worth for everyone to enjoy. Why is this important? By …

A safer crosswalk for an age-friendly Austin

Posted on 11/20/2014 by | Texas | Comments

Virginia Alves and Mark Hollis AARP Texas Across the country, and right here in Texas, cities are striving to become great places for people of all ages. Leaders of several cities have signed on as members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly communities, and those communities are already starting to act. Austin is one such city, and according to a newly released report by the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, Austin ranks as one of the best cities in …

Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Texas

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | Texas | Comments

“My story is like so many others,” says Aletha, a Texas resident “My Mom is 93 and I’ve been her caretaker for 10-plus years. It is a tedious job. The past 4 years have been such a trying time. She is a diabetic, has chronic arthritis and in pain every day. I feel like I have no life because when I’m out, all I think of is getting back home to check on her. I’m not complaining about taking care …

Voting Underway in Texas, ID Law Still in Place

Posted on 10/23/2014 by | Texas | Comments

By Curt Buckley Texans are currently deciding the issues important to them and the candidates they think best represent their views. Early voting is underway and continues through Oct. 31. Election Day is Nov. 4. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld a voter ID law means all Texans will be required to present one of seven approved forms of photo identification in order to vote. Some common forms of approved ID cards are a driver’s license issued by …

Advocating For Change; Keeping the Lights On

Posted on 10/20/2014 by | Texas | Comments

By Mark Hollis AARP Texas AUSTIN, Texas — If you’re Janee Briesemeister, the frequent flyer miles add up quickly. In nearly three decades of advocacy for American consumers, Alaska and Hawaii are the only states Briesemeister hasn’t visited for her work. An undisputed national expert on energy, telecommunications and other utility issues, Briesemeister is a well-traveled, Austin-based champion for a host of consumer causes like making utility bills easier to understand and home energy costs more affordable. The former radio …