A safer crosswalk for an age-friendly Austin

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

What Will 2015 Hold?

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Texas is hosting a preview of the 2015 legislative session on Twitter. The chat will focus on issues important to Texans age 50-plus, such as nursing home reform, payday lending, retirement security, support for family caregivers and guardianship. The nursing home issue comes to the fore in the wake of a recent scorecard that ranked Texas 49th in the nation in quality of care for nursing home patients. The Twitter chat is scheduled Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to …

At 79, Social Security Still An Engine For Texas Economy

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Study Details Texas Cities with High Pedestrian Fatality Incidents

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing It is not unusual to see Texans walking to work, places in their neighborhoods or to school. It’s not only economical, but it provides a form of physical activity that can combat chronic disease. While Texans are walking more we are still dealing with roadways that put us, the pedestrian, in danger. Now a new study, Dangerous by Design 2014, shows that from 2003 to 2012, 4,192 people died while walking in Texas, and that number jumps to 47,025 on …

My Mother, A Superhero of Caring

Posted on 05/11/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Virginia Alves Five thousand, one hundred and fifty two. That’s how many miles away from her home country, Brazil, my mother raised me and my three younger siblings. This Mother’s Day, I’d like to think back on everything she’s done for me. The past 21 years couldn’t have possibly been easy. Raising four kids in a country where they don’t speak your native language, you have no family to ask for help and everything is different—it was difficult, but …

Getting Help to Family Caregivers

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Thomas Korosec En español When Johnny Lewis’ wife, Shirley, was diagnosed with ALS last year, the 66-year-old retired probation supervisor took on the role of caregiver. As he put it, “It’s been a whole new thing.” Cooking, cleaning the house and driving Shirley to doctor appointments from their home in southeast Fort Worth have been part of the routine. Lewis considers himself lucky to have family and friends nearby. They have helped in a pinch—such as when he had …