AARP, Brownsville to Make City Age Friendly

Posted on 06/4/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Press Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez and AARP representatives will officially announced details of the innovative initiative, “Age-Friendly Communities,” in a press conference this morning. These communities meet the needs of their residents, a place where residents feel safe and included. It is that desire to make our cities accessible to all that’s fueling the AARP and the World Health Organization (WHO) “Age-Friendly Communities” effort in Brownsville. Mayor Martinez said the city has committed to joining the Age Friendly Communities effort. “The …

Scam Jams Offer Tips on How to Avoid Fraud

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Money & Work | Texas Texans can learn how to recognize fraud and guard against identity theft at a series of Scam Jams across the state. The events are hosted by AARP Texas in cooperation with the state attorney general’s office, the Better Business Bureau and the Texas State Securities Board. Shredding machines will be available on site. Americans age 60-plus lose nearly $2.9 billion annually to fraud, according to a 2011 MetLife Mature Market Institute study. Scam Jams will be held June 27 in …

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 …

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

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Texas | Volunteering 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 …