— Carolyn Hartman’s mother, Myrtle Hartman, died last spring after spending eight years in a Central Texas nursing facility. Two weeks before Myrtle’s death, Carolyn learned that her mother, at the age of 93, was being given – without necessary consent — an-anti-anxiety medication with serious side effects. But that’s not all. There were other serious health concerns facing her mother that shocked the Hartman family. “A phone call came one morning that she had severe pain in her right hip,” …

— Always good to see Dr. S. P. Kinjawadekar, the 85-year-old president emeritus and founder of India’s only national senior citizens organization, the All-India Senior Citizens Confederation. Dr. Kinjawadekar, who said he was inspired by AARP to start this organization 16 years ago, was a physician for more than 30 years in his native country before turning his attention to older Indian issues and starting the nonprofit organization. He has a daughter living in Austin and was making his 3rd visit …

— There’s one month until Tax Day! Tax season is notorious for being a headache for many during the springtime. From meeting strict deadlines, to knowing which services are reliable, taxes can create some unwanted stress. That’s why Tax-Aide started nearly five decades ago. In 1970, AARP’s Tax-Aide Program was imagined during a Naval Reserve exercise and now serves nearly 2.7 million taxpayers annually. Admiral Bernie Nash was informed by a Naval Reserve officer, who was also an IRS official, that …

— On behalf of AARP Texas, State President Charlene James issued the following statement to extend condolences to the family and friends of Congressman Eligio “Kika” de la Garza, who died Monday: “I am very saddened to learn of Kika de la Garza’s passing. Texas has lost an exceptional leader and great statesman, and the world has lost a champion for progress. “A proud son of the Rio Grande Valley, Congressman de la Garza served the people of our state well …

— A bill has been introduced in Congress to change the law and allow health insurance companies to charge older people premiums that are five times more than they charge younger people, instead of the current limit of three times as much. Make no mistake, this is an “age tax” that severely penalizes people age 50 to 64 while providing a very small benefit for younger people. We’ve heard a lot about what’s going on in Washington, D.C., lately. But here’s …

— A bill filed this week in the Texas Senate would ensure that Texans taking care of a loved one released from a hospital or rehabilitation facility would receive caregiver information and training. Senate Bill 1417 by Texas Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano) would guarantee that family caregivers receive consultation in medical tasks, such as how to dress a wound or administer medications, to ensure that they can safely provide care when their loved ones return home. Known as the CARE Act, …

— Texas Appleseed and AARP today released five “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides, a toolkit for financial caregivers in Texas who manage money or property for those unable to do so for themselves. This interactive series of guides, in English and Spanish, is available in print and online at www.ProtectTheirMoneyTx.org. Nearly 3.5 million unpaid family caregivers in Texas provide a great labor of love by helping their parents, spouses and others manage their financial affairs – but they often lack the …

— Job search and strategy skills are an essential asset to have as a worker today. In Central Texas, where many newcomers arrive each day looking for work, there’s a great demand for knowing the practical steps to take toward improving chances of getting a job. For older workers looking for employment opportunities or those who are just wanting to enhance their career-building and job-interviewing skills, a series of job expos are being held throughout Austin in 2017. AARP Texas is …

— Retired Austin Municipal Judge John Vasquez, now a San Antonio resident, is the newest member of the AARP Texas Executive Council. Vasquez served as a municipal judge for nearly 20 years—from 1996-2015. A graduate of the University of Texas School Of Law, he was elected chair of the Municipal Judges Section of the State Board of Texas. He has served as special counsel to the state auditor and chief of the Charitable Trusts Section of the state attorney general’s office. …

— By Thomas Korosec Eva Bonilla fought back tears as she told legislators about her experience caring for her father and daughter. It was intimidating to tell her story to the Texas House Public Health Committee, she recalled. “There’s a group of people looking at you. You’re not a professional who’s used to doing this,” she said of her 2014 appearance before the panel. Still, the 68-year-old tour company owner from Fort Worth was able to describe her difficulty in keeping …