Some 12 to 13 million Texans should pay particular attention now that all major presidential candidates have come forward with their plans to keep Social Security strong and solvent for current and future generations. That’s approximately the number of Texans who are now paying Social Security taxes — both salary and wage earners as well as the self-employed. The July issue of AARP Bulletin will feature the candidates’ responses. But laying out a plan and making sure it works as …

Carmel Perez Snyder

For her exceptional accomplishments in Fort Worth, AARP’s Carmel Perez Snyder has been named the 2016 recipient of the Association’s Maureen McKoy Award for Excellence in Service. The prestigious award is given annually to an AARP employee who has displayed tremendous leadership by fostering volunteer engagement and community outreach. Carmel led the Association’s work in Fort Worth since 2010, until moving to Oregon last month to be closer to family. Now she holds a similar position for AARP in that …

Tim Morstad

Today, Tim Morstad, who leads AARP’s advocacy work in Texas on several consumer issues, explained how to bring retirement security to more Texans at the RAISE Texas Summit at the Federal Reserve Board in Dallas. “This issue is important because it’s so widespread,” says Morstad, who serves as the RAISE Texas board president. “One in four Texans between the ages of 40 and 64 has less than $5,000 in retirement savings.” “People are exponentially more likely to save through their …

AARP volunteers and staff from California, Florida, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas gather in San Antonio.

AARP leaders from the nation’s most populous states gathered in San Antonio this week for talks about the Association’s work in communities, which aims to fully engage members and non-members alike. For nearly three days, AARP Texas volunteers and staff hosted peers from California, Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Combined, the population of the seven states comprise more than 142 million Americans. The AARP leaders held a broad range of discussions, including conversations about how to strengthen AARP’s …

Julie Krawczyk, director of the Elder Financial Safety Center, works to prevent and prosecute scams. Photo by Brandon Thibodeaux

By Thomas Korosec Julie Krawczyk, director of the Elder Financial Safety Center, has seen a flood of cases like this: Four years ago, an 89-year-old Dallas woman, widowed with no family, moved to a care facility after she fell and broke her hip. She granted a friend from her church control of her finances and authority to act in her place. The so-called friend abused that trust by liquidating $145,000 in stocks, selling the woman’s home and spending the proceeds …

As National Volunteer Month winds down, we salute the life and service of centenarian and former Andrus Award winner Frank Kormos of Dallas. In addition to being AARP’s oldest Texas volunteer, he has concurrently been an active member at his church and a block captain for his homeowner association in addition to other volunteer work. “The Andrus Award is presented to those remarkable people whose efforts and achievements have effected significant positive change,” said AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson said …

Lydia Oliphant decided to try out volunteering with AARP in Houston at the recommendation of her friend’s daughter. Now, more than two years later, she’s pitched in a multitude of ways, including with Fraud Watch Network talks, walkability audits and events for family caregivers. “AARP’s mission of enhancing the age 50+ lifestyle and informing them of things that pertain to their interests is particularly important,” she says. That’s why her work focuses on helping members of the community find the …

Roofing Contractor

It’s the season for severe storms in Texas, and AARP is alerting consumers about potential home repair ripoffs and other scams following natural disasters. It’s unfortunate, but the aftermath of a disaster attracts opportunists and scammers. Now is an important time for Texans to ready their homes, families and businesses for the worst that Mother Nature may throw their way–and to protect themselves from fraud. Too often, criminals pose as insurance inspectors, government officials or building contractors to prey on …

SunnyFitzwater

Volunteering is not out of the ordinary for Sunny Fitzwater; in fact, she grew up with it. From a young age, Sunny’s parents taught her the importance of volunteering, and she also instilled this value in her children. Each of them volunteer in their communities. At age 62, Sunny began volunteering with AARP occasionally. She was not too invested and was only involved from time to time. Then one day, she decided to research health insurance because she and her …

Manuel (right) with a fellow  AARP volunteer from the Rio Grande Valley

At age 78, Manuel Garza of Brownsville is a fighter—he supports and fights for issues near and dear to his heart. Nearly 20 years ago, soon after losing his wife to pancreatic cancer, Manuel received a call from AARP while in San Antonio visiting his kids. As a retiree and recent widower, he wanted to do help other people but didn’t know how—or what. The phone call was the answer he needed, and he jumped at the opportunity to be …