Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott on Health, Financial Security

Posted on 09/22/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Advocacy AARP Texas Releases Voters’ Guide To 2014 Governor’s Race In an effort to help voters cut through the political campaign clutter, AARP Texas has unveiled a 2014 Voters’ Guide that is focused on what the candidates for governor are saying about health and financial security. In their own words, gubernatorial contenders Greg Abbott, a Republican, and Wendy Davis, a Democrat, provide in the AARP Voters’ Guide their side-by-side answers to questions about nursing facility care, family caregiving, retirement security, and …

AARP to Host Austin Mayoral Candidate Forum

Posted on 09/10/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Events | Home & Family What should the future of Austin look like? How can we make the city a place where Austinites of all ages can be healthy, independent and part of a vibrant community? On Monday, Oct. 6, at the newly renovated Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar Blvd., we’ll hear from Austin mayoral candidates on issues like safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, and opportunities for residents to engage in the community life of our city. Arnold Garcia Jr., a longtime …

Frank Kormos, 99, to receive AARP Texas Andrus Award

Posted on 09/8/2014 by | Texas | Comments

About AARP | Events | Texas | Volunteering Long-time driver-safety volunteer to receive organization’s highest honor on Saturday (Sept. 13) in Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – AARP Texas today announced that Frank Kormos has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 AARP Texas Andrus Award. Named after founder Ethel Percy Andrus, the award is given in recognition of those who embody the organization’s goal of bringing lifetimes of experience and leadership to serve all generations. Mr. Kormos, 99, is a Dallas resident who for more than 25 years …

This Grandparents Day, Let Technology Bring You Closer

Posted on 09/2/2014 by | Texas | Comments

About AARP | Home & Family | Texas This Grandparents Day, Let Technology Bring You Closer By Mark Hollis, AARP Texas AUSTIN, Texas — Ollie Besteiro’s face lights up and she gushes praise when conversation comes to the topic of her only grandson.“He looks to me for advice and I also give him unsolicited advice,” she says. “He is the sweetest, kindest kid. He’s warm. He’s loving. He’s never met a stranger. He has friends everywhere.” Besteiro, a retired teachers’ association leader in Austin and the current state …

At 79, Social Security Still An Engine For Texas Economy

Posted on 08/14/2014 by | Texas | Comments

About AARP | Health & Wellbeing | Money & Work | Texas By Julia Castellano-Hoyt SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Frank Kormos remembers the dusty cemeteries of rural North Texas where he helped lay to rest poverty-stricken seniors during the Great Depression. “Before Social Security, there were people starving and they hardly had any place to live,” said Kormos. “They didn’t have retirement. That just didn’t exist. And when these folks passed, we would just go and dig graves for them in humble country cemeteries.” Raised on small farms, Kormos, now 99 and …

When ‘Retirement’ Means Work or Start a Business

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Money & Work | Texas | Volunteering By Tracy Sutton Schorn Farming 10 acres of organic watermelon is not how most people envision their retirement years, but it’s ideal for Susan and Rick Fields. “Why retire to sit home and watch television?” said Susan. The couple, both 57, purchased a farm in Rosanky and just planted their first crop of melons. Susan, a retired elementary school principal, and Rick, a retired federal worker, thought farming seemed like a good fit after a lifetime of avid gardening. “There’s …