Getting To Know Austin’s new City Council

Posted on 04/17/2015 by | Texas | Comments

About AARP | AGE-FRIENDLY | Events Having marked only their first 100 days in office, members of Austin’s first City Council under a new “10-1” system of government are in a honeymoon phase of getting to know one another and learning the city’s biggest issues. The City Council has spent the bulk of its time in orientation sessions and policy workshops, and Council members have purposefully postponed votes on many major decisions until they feel more settled. Austin’s elected leaders are still testing the strength of …

Share A Story Today

Posted on 04/13/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Advocacy | Volunteering We carefully chose the issues we’re focusing on during the 2015 Texas Legislative Session. One of the key elements is that all these topics are close to home for countless Texas families. So chances are you have a relative, neighbor or friend with a personal experience highlighting why at least one of these issues are important–and why Texas legislators should take note and work to fix or improve the situation. These personal stories are hugely important in helping illustrate the …

Easing the Transition Back Home After a Hospital Stay

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing AARP Texas is asking lawmakers to consider a measure that could reduce hospital readmissions by ensuring family caregivers know how to perform the follow-up tasks a patient will need at home. Under the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, hospitals would ask each patient to designate a family caregiver, who would be notified if the patient is to be moved or discharged. In addition, hospital staff would show caregivers how to perform follow-up tasks, such as managing medications or dressing …

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 …