Crack Down on Elder Abuse

Posted on 01/26/2016 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Elder abuse, like many other forms of domestic abuse, is an often hidden phenomenon that affects many older Texans. Financial exploitation is the most prevalent form of elder abuse. Every year, abuse and exploitation rob older Americans of $3 billion—and this is only the amount reported. When criminals take advantage of older people by forging a signature or coercing them to sign a will, the impact goes far beyond the pocketbook and affects the physical and emotional health of the …

Many Hands Make Light Work

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AARP Texas aims to make communities across the state more livable for people of all ages. Livable communities have features such as affordable, age-friendly housing and roadways designed for pedestrians, bicyclists and people with disabilities, as well as motorists. Another important characteristic is a high level of civic and social engagement. That’s why AARP wants everyone to get involved, even if for just a few hours a month. Volunteers can choose from a variety of activities, from making neighborhoods more …

Texas Caregivers Making the News

Posted on 12/28/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

As we’ve been spending more time with family during the holidays, Texas newspapers have been highlighting the family caregivers who give so much year round. There are more than 3.4 million unpaid family caregivers in Texas. They help older parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home. Lynn Greenblatt of Austin cares for her husband, Seth, who has a neurological disorder. After watching her mother care for her father while he had cancer, she knew she couldn’t do …

AARP Texas Names New State President

Posted on 12/21/2015 by | Texas | Comments

Charlene Hunter James, a long-time volunteer and community advocate in Houston, has been named AARP Texas state president. In collaboration with AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson, who announced James’ appointment, James will have the responsibility, starting Jan. 1, of leading the AARP Texas Executive Council for at least the next two years. She also will work with AARP staff and volunteers to establish strategic goals and objectives on a local level that are consistent with AARP’s national strategies. James, 64, …

Donald and Angie Hamm, Answering the Call to Volunteer

Posted on 12/20/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus once said, “The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” Every day, people give their time to help members of our age 50+ community, people like Donald and Angie Hamm. They met Veronica de Lafuente, who leads AARP’s outreach work in the Rio Grande Valley, at a Life Reimagined event in Brownsville last year. “When Veronica was telling me all the …

Volunteers Fill Tax-Prep Need

Posted on 12/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Verónica Zaragovia Jesus Villalobos didn’t expect to spend more than 10 years volunteering after his retirement—but he’s not surprised, either. He’s known the importance of lending a hand his entire life. “I grew up in an orphanage,” said Villalobos, 81, “and I know people need help.” Speaking English and Spanish, he’s helped dozens of people since 2003 as a regional supervisor in El Paso for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. Founded in 1968 by four volunteers, Tax-Aide is the …