Get Tech-Savvy at Free Workshops

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

Home & Family 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 …

A Dangerous Season is Upon Us

Posted on 06/5/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Home & Family By Curt Buckley Could you tell me the deadliest U.S. disaster of all time? It was a catastrophe that claimed more lives than the attacks on 9/11 and Pearl Harbor did combined. Stumped? I’ll give you a hint: It happened right here in Texas. Yep, you guessed it. (Or you didn’t; I’ll never know.) It’s estimated that the Hurricane of 1900, which slammed into Galveston, killed as many as 12,000 people, with most official reports citing around 8,000. Its Category …

One Grandfather’s Lesson

Posted on 05/29/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Home & Family By Curt Buckley “First the smoke, then the flame.” That’s perhaps the first lesson I ever remember learning. And I didn’t learn it from my favorite elementary school teacher, or my mom or my dad. Papa, my mother’s father, taught it to me. “First the smoke, then the flame,” Papa repeated as we both stared intently at the wisps of smoke trickling up through a pile of pine needles one cool fall evening. We had just spent the day raking …

Getting Help to Family Caregivers

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

Home & Family 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 …

Grandparents and Family Days at the Ballpark

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family AARP members who are baseball fans can get discount tickets to Frisco RoughRiders games on Saturday, April 19, and Friday, May 9. The team is a minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers. This is the third year that the RoughRiders and AARP Texas have hosted grandparents and family days at the ballpark. Fans can stop by the AARP table to pick up information on issues ranging from caregiving to fraud, along with a voucher (while supplies last) for a …

Are You a Caregiver?

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Home & Family Are you acting as a caregiver for a loved one? If you feel overwhelmed and uncertain of where to turn, you are not alone. Five million Texans take on this task every year, and AARP has resources to facilitate your life as a caregiver as well as expand your knowledge on important issues about the subject. Visit aarp.org/caregiving for great articles like 12 Resources Every Caregiver Should Know About and 10 Ways to Deal With Caregiver Stress. If you want …