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,” …

Medicaid at 50: LBJ’s Legacy

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing By Thomas Korosec The dementia that Carol Marak’s father developed in the last several years of his life presented no small problem for a family wanting to take care of him in the best possible way. Alfred Marak raised four kids on his wages as a worker in a tire plant in West, Texas, his daughter recalled. “Growing up, my family was proud to be part of the middle class,” said Carol Marak, 64, an online marketer in Austin. Still, …

Medicaid a los 50: el legado de LBJ

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Español Por Thomas Korosec La demencia que padeció el padre de Carol Marak en los últimos años de su vida fue un problema bastante duro para su familia, que deseaba cuidarlo de la mejor manera posible. Alfred Marak crió a cuatro hijos con su salario como trabajador en una fábrica de llantas, dijo su hija. “Cuando era niña, mi familia se enorgullecía de formar parte de la clase media”, dijo Carol Marak, de 64 años, quien vive en Austin. Sin embargo, la …

Juneteenth: Reflecting on Sacrifice, Tradition

Posted on 06/19/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Community By Lawrence Randle Tradition has always been a part of my life. From my upbringing throughout my military career, it is something I value deeply, which is why commemorating Juneteenth is so important to me. Many people think that all slavery ended when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863. But some slaves, like the ones in Texas, weren’t freed for another two-and-a-half years on June 19, 1865. That day is now known as Juneteenth, and …

Prepare for Storm Threatening Texas

Posted on 06/15/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Attention is focused on the western Gulf of Mexico as a significant storm threatens to bring high winds, coastal damage and inland flooding to large parts of Texas. The National Hurricane Center believes the storm off the Texas Gulf Coast has a 90-percent chance of becoming a tropical storm. That decision will be determined Monday evening or Tuesday. If it gains strength the storm will be upgraded to a tropical storm named Bill. AARP Texas urges you to be prepared …

Legislative Session Mostly Positive for Older Texans

Posted on 06/11/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Advocacy The recently completed 2015 Texas legislative session posted significant gains for older Texans in key areas including increased spending for home- and community-based care programs, consumer protections against surprise medical billing, and progress on a consumer and homeowner issues for middle class Texans, AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson said. But in the waning moments of the session, the Legislature failed to pass the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services’ sunset legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of Texans residing …