Social Security still popular and for good reasons

Posted on 08/14/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Finances 50+ | Money & Work Statistics tell a powerful story. Consider that 36 percent of Texas residents age 65 or older depend on Social Security as their only source of income. Or that more than four of 10 in this age group would live in poverty were it not for Social Security. Then there are people like 72-year-old Raechel Foerster, who paint a face on those numbers. She is one of 3.7 million Texans who could tell their own story of how Social Security makes …

Sept. 11: A Day of Service

Posted on 08/10/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Volunteering Each year, AARP volunteers and staff give back in a slightly different way. On Sept. 11, a nationwide day of service, we step out of our community events and away from our desks and choose a different place to serve. This year is no different. Across the state, we’re going to do something a little out of the ordinary–from walking dogs at animal shelters to serving meals to homebound seniors. Would you like to join us? If you’re a current …

Fort Worth: Transform Our Streets

Posted on 08/3/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Livable Communities AARP is teaming up with civic leaders and groups to make Fort Worth an even better place to live, work and play for people of all ages. September is Age-Friendly Fort Worth Month, and there’ll be exciting events throughout the community to showcase what’s in store now that Fort Worth is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 12, a “Celebrate Riverside!” event will be held in the Riverside Arts …

New Texas Laws and You

Posted on 08/1/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Advocacy The 140-day Texas legislative session flew by–a blur of busyness. So too did this summer. Now, September is around the corner. With it’s arrival, many new laws go into effect. So what changes do you need to know about? Here are some of the changes that will most impact Texans age 50+ and their families: Surprise medical billing: Texas consumers have been being charged expensive, out-of-network fees for medical care they receive at in-network facilities. Among other measures, a new …

Austin AARP Volunteer: Social Security Is Vital

Posted on 07/31/2015 by | Texas | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy AUSTIN, Texas – After three decades as an educator, Mary Ragland is drawing from two pensions and modest Social Security earnings to make ends meet in retirement. At 81 and retired for more than a decade, Ragland, a longtime AARP volunteer in Austin, lives frugally but occasionally taps into an IRA to treat herself to short excursions. She considers herself fortunate. “I have neighbors living here in my community who have only Social Security and not very much of that,” …

Make Your City Age-Friendly

Posted on 07/17/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Livable Communities All across Texas, we’re looking at things a little differently. We’re looking at sidewalks and parks and bus routes. We’re asking people what else we should look at. This is part of our focus on helping the biggest cities in Texas join AARP’s Network Age-Friendly Communities. Once they join, the work is just starting. Then we talk to locals and neighbors across the great cities, asking them what they want out of their city. We take this information and help …