Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Posted on 02/6/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

By: Charlene Hunter James I’ve been fortunate to have witnessed black history in the making, as my mother and father were very active in the civil rights’ movement. My parents instilled in me the need to not just excel but to be an advocate for the rights of all.  I was reminded recently of their struggles and triumphs in watching the movie Selma. The film has sparked very personal memories about what my parents, siblings and I encountered when I …

Report: Abuse In Texas Nursing Homes On The Rise

Posted on 01/26/2015 by | Texas | Comments

Advocacy | Press Texas is facing a dramatic rise in elderly abuse inside Texas nursing homes, according to a recent report by KVUE-TV in Austin. The report also said that despite millions of taxpayer dollars being spent to help run the facilities, the State of Texas is failing to hold nursing homes accountable for continued neglect. In addition, a segment of the five-part , KVUE-TV “State of Neglect” report focused on an increase in medication errors in Texas nursing homes and noted a …

AARP, NASA look at bones in space aboard ISS

Posted on 01/23/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

At AARP, we take good health to heart, which is why we have a website devoted to health topics and tips for staying healthy. Whether it’s advice on losing those extra pounds or help on staying mentally fit, we have good advice from experts to share with you. At www.aarp.org/health, there’s also information about bone loss, which is a real concern in the 50+ community. AARP knows how dangerous osteoporosis can be and the toll it can take on our …

Health Care and Consumer Issues Top AARP Texas Legislative Agenda in 2015

Posted on 01/13/2015 by | Texas | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy For the 2015 legislative session that convenes today, AARP Texas will engage with lawmakers on a wide-ranging agenda of health care and consumer issues that matter to Texans age 50 and up. While big topics like the state budget and taxes are on our plates, we’re already talking to legislators about a host of nonpartisan proposals related to family caregiving, quality nursing homes, surprise medical billing, retirement security, and predatory payday lending. AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson will lead an …

Exhibit Showcases Artifacts Made by WWII Internees

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AARP Texas and the Japanese American Citizens League will celebrate the Houston opening of the “Art of Gaman” exhibit with a reception on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Asia Society Texas Center. AARP members who attend the reception can view the exhibit that evening. The exhibit, which runs Jan. 29-May 31 at the Houston Holocaust Museum, features more than 120 artifacts made by Japanese Americans incarcerated in camps during World War II. “Gaman” refers to …

Payday Lending, Caregiving Top Legislative Agenda

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Money & Work | Volunteering By Thomas Korosec With several Texas cities taking the lead, the Legislature faces pressure to do more to curb some of the worst practices of payday lenders—and AARP volunteers are actively involved in the effort. Angie Garcia, an AARP Texas volunteer, was part of a campaign that successfully urged the El Paso City Council to place limits on payday loans. Under an ordinance that took effect this year, customers cannot borrow more than 20 percent of their gross monthly income …