This Grandparents Day, Let Technology Bring You Closer

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

About AARP | Home & Family | Texas 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 president of AARP Texas, knows she is …

Seminars Encourage Exploring Real Possibilities

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Press AARP Utah is hosting a Real Possibilities University on Oct. 8 in St. George, with seminars on issues of interest to Utahns age 50-plus. University professors and other experts will address topics such as brain fitness, living wills and trusts, and staying active for life. The classes are based on the belief that everyone’s possibilities expand with age. The free event is open to AARP members and nonmembers alike, including athletes and spectators attending the Huntsman World Senior Games. The …

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 …

Get Tech-Savvy at Free Workshops

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

Events | Home & Family | Local Resources | Texas Feeling left out when it comes to the latest technology? AARP Texas is launching its Technology, Education and Knowledge (TEK) program in San Antonio this summer to help older people improve their digital literacy. The program will feature a series of free hands-on workshops using Dell Android tablets. On July 23, TEK begins with a course that will cover touchscreen basics, applications and texting, as well as photo sharing and video chat. Registration is required because seating is limited. For …

Texas Ranks a Dismal 49th

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Press New scorecard ranks Lone Star State in terms of long-term quality of care and quality of life State watchdog to examine the future of agency that licenses nursing homes and long term services at June 24-25 hearing AUSTIN, TX– Just days before the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission examines the future of the state agency that regulates long-term care services in Texas, a national report released today by AARP ranks Texas 49th in “Quality of Care and Quality of Life”, a …