For 3.4 Million Family Caregivers, A Simple Request

Posted on 03/30/2015 by | Texas | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving Each day in Texas, millions of uncelebrated heroes are giving baths and preparing meals. They’re providing rides to the doctor and grocery store. They’re dispending medicines and handling complex medical tasks, sometimes with little or no training. They are family caregivers. There are nearly 3.4 million of them in Texas alone, and they’re helping loved ones get the care that they need to live independently at home. For more than seven years, I was a caregiver to my lifelong love, …

Top Rated Rio Grande Valley TV Station Features AARP Volunteer

Posted on 03/23/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Volunteering Featuring our knowledgeable volunteers is something AARP does well and this month Dr. Ricardo Chapa, a long-time AARP volunteer, represented AARP Texas well on the small screen. Dr. Chapa appeared on Inside the Valley Sunday, 10 a.m., on March 22, 2015. The 30-minute show, produced by top rated KRGV-TV, highlights Rio Grande Valley (RGV) organizations and events. During the 8-minute segment, Dr. Chapa and AARP communications staffer Juanita Jimenez-Soto talked about the AARP state legislative agenda as well as various …

Texas Ranks 10th in Identity Theft

Posted on 03/17/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Money & Work Identity theft is a growing concern. For the 15th consecutive year, it was the top complaint in the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, accounting for 13 percent of the total 2.5 million filed complaints. Identity theft complaints in Texas totaled 25,843. Nationally, people in their 40s and 50s filed the most complaints – 19 percent – while 18 percent of complaints were made by those in both their 20s and 30s. People age 60 and older filed 13 percent …

Marcha por la paz y la justicia social

Posted on 03/12/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Community | Español | Events AARP formará parte de la 19.ª Marcha anual por la justicia en honor a César Chávez, en San Antonio el sábado 28 de marzo. La marcha tiene lugar todos los años el fin de semana más próximo al cumpleaños de Chávez para conmemorar su vida y trabajo como líder de los derechos civiles y activista sindical. Chávez fundó United Farm Workers of America (Trabajadores Agrícolas Unidos) y fue un defensor de la paz y la justicia social. El lema de …

Think Insurance Covers It? Surprise!

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing By Thomas Korosec When Patty Berkley slipped and fell on the stairs of her home outside Fort Worth in 2010, an ambulance ride, an emergency room visit, outpatient surgery and rehab ensued. Berkley, who then worked for a large mortgage and insurance company, was happy with her medical treatment but less pleased when she started sorting through her bills. “I was surprised I was getting bills for things I thought were covered by my insurance,” she said. Berkley, 61, who …

¿Crees que el seguro lo cubre? ¡Sorpresa!

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Español | Health & Wellbeing | Money & Work Por Thomas Korosec Cuando Patty Berkley resbaló y se cayó por las escaleras de su casa de Fort Worth en el 2010, tuvo que lidiar con un viaje en ambulancia, una visita a la sala de emergencias del hospital, cirugía ambulatoria y rehabilitación. Berkley, quien por entonces trabajaba en una importante empresa de hipotecas y seguros, estaba contenta con su tratamiento médico, pero se le quitó sonrisa cuando empezó a revisar sus facturas. “Me sorprendió empezar a recibir facturas por …