Fighting Back Against Scams

Fighting Back Against Scams

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

About AARP | Events | Money & Work | Texas   By Tracy Sutton Schorn One evening, Jeanne Jackson, 72, of Midland, got a phone call from “Windows.” The man said he had received an alert about a virus on her computer. Alarmed, Jackson began to follow the man’s instructions to “remove” the virus. But then she stopped. “It just didn’t feel right,” Jackson said. The man grew irritated when she refused to cooperate. “I know what you’re doing!” she shouted at him. “You’re a scammer!” Jackson hung up, but …

It’s a Man’s Disease… Or Is It?

It’s a Man’s Disease… Or Is It?

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Curt Buckley For the last post of the series on the last day of American Heart Month, let’s take a look at some of the popular misconceptions associated with heart disease. When asked to describe a heart attack victim, how many of us would picture an older, slightly-larger-than-average man keeled over gripping his left shoulder intensely? That’s the stereotypical image most of us have come to associate with heart problems. But if life has taught us anything, it’s that …

Eat Your Way to Heart Health

Eat Your Way to Heart Health

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Curt Buckley Eating well is another paramount component to staying heart-healthy. There are three dietary suggestions that should greatly improve your heart health. Focus on adding more fruits and vegetables, increasing your grain and fiber intake, and reducing the amount of saturated fat and trans fats you consume. Eating more fruits and vegetables will increase your bodies’ amounts of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. In addition, having additional fruits and veggies in your diet will leave less room for …

When William Isn’t Bill: A Voter ID Primer

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Advocacy By Ollie Besteiro “If you’re gonna vote in Texas, you gotta have a valid ID.” Maybe it’s not quite as catchy as the classic hit by the band Alabama, but it’s just as true as needing a fiddle in your band if you want to play in this state. In fact, it’s the law. With early voting for midterm primaries upon us, now is a good time to revisit the recent voting requirements for Texans. Before you head to the …

Movin' and Shakin' Your Way to Health

Movin’ and Shakin’ Your Way to Health

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Curt Buckley Whether you have high blood pressure or another heart health-related risk factor, you can decrease your chances of cardiovascular disease by becoming more active. It doesn’t take much. Experts say that just 30 minutes of physical activity a day can greatly improve heart health. If that’s not enough to motivate you, regular exercise also increases brain function and reduces feelings of depression and stress. I know exercise gets a bad rap, but that’s just folks being a …

Are You Risky With Your Heart?

Are You Risky With Your Heart?

Posted on 02/25/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Curt Buckley The easiest thing to do in terms of avoiding preventable deaths from cardiovascular disease is to keep up with the indicators and risk factors that affect your heart health. Scheduling (and keeping) appointments with your doctor will help you monitor important risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. This step is especially important if you smoke, have diabetes, or have a family history of heart disease, as these things make you significantly more likely to develop a …