Juneteenth: Reflecting on Sacrifice, Tradition

Posted on 06/19/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Community By Lawrence Randle Tradition has always been a part of my life. From my upbringing throughout my military career, it is something I value deeply, which is why commemorating Juneteenth is so important to me. Many people think that all slavery ended when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863. But some slaves, like the ones in Texas, weren’t freed for another two-and-a-half years on June 19, 1865. That day is now known as Juneteenth, and …

Prepare for Storm Threatening Texas

Posted on 06/15/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Attention is focused on the western Gulf of Mexico as a significant storm threatens to bring high winds, coastal damage and inland flooding to large parts of Texas. The National Hurricane Center believes the storm off the Texas Gulf Coast has a 90-percent chance of becoming a tropical storm. That decision will be determined Monday evening or Tuesday. If it gains strength the storm will be upgraded to a tropical storm named Bill. AARP Texas urges you to be prepared …

Legislative Session Mostly Positive for Older Texans

Posted on 06/11/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Advocacy The recently completed 2015 Texas legislative session posted significant gains for older Texans in key areas including increased spending for home- and community-based care programs, consumer protections against surprise medical billing, and progress on a consumer and homeowner issues for middle class Texans, AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson said. But in the waning moments of the session, the Legislature failed to pass the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services’ sunset legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of Texans residing …

Promoting Conversations About An Age-Friendly Austin

Posted on 06/2/2015 by | Texas | Comments

About AARP | Community | Livable Communities Austin Mayor Steve Adler drew a smidgeon of laughter from a crowd of about 120 Central Texas AARP members when he told them that not everyone needs to give up their cars and ride city buses in HOV lanes. Rather, he said, just enough motorists should do so to speed up the lane he likes to drive. With a pinch of humor, Adler made a serious case to the AARP-member audience for staggered work hours and telecommuting, expanded transit and …

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

Posted on 05/21/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Home & Family “Past performance is no indication of future results.” It’s a common adage to warn financial investors. But the saying may also be relevant to hurricanes and other natural disasters. A recent-years’ deficiency of significant hurricane activity in Texas and elsewhere doesn’t present any guarantees about the 2015 storm season. The U.S. hasn’t experienced the landfall of a Category 3 or larger hurricane in nine years (a stretch of hurricane inactivity that a new NASA study finds to be extraordinarily rare). …

Lending Reform Before the Texas House Monday

Posted on 05/15/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Advocacy | Money & Work Amendments designated “Key Votes” by AARP On Monday, Texas House members will have their first opportunity this session to go on the record to cast votes on meaningful payday lending reform. The House will consider SB 1282 by Senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), a clean-up bill involving the regulatory authority of the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner. The bill will serve as a vehicle for an amendment by Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) that would bring borrower protections currently in place in …