Shredding event sets recycling record

Posted on 04/23/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Events | Fraud Mother Nature’s soggy wrath, a monumental first-of-its-kind celebration, and an airshow could not keep more than 600 drivers from recycling their private documents and electronics in Corpus Christi. The AARP Shred Day event was held at KIII-TV (an ABC affiliate) Saturday, April 18 and it set a new record. The event was highly publicized online and during KIII-3 newscasts, and people were listening. In fact, the shredding was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., but it started 40-minutes earlier because …

Community Renewal Is A Team Concept In Fort Worth

Posted on 04/22/2015 by | Texas | Comments

About AARP | Community | Health & Wellbeing Just northeast of downtown Fort Worth, in a neighborhood of artists, professionals and working class residents, a cadre of AARP volunteers are collaborating with community leaders and residents to transform Six Points Urban Village in the Riverside District into a vibrant, walkable place. Named for its six-way intersection of three major streets, Six Points is one of 16 designated urban villages in Fort Worth. They’re small, dense – and sometimes long-neglected – pockets of the city that have been identified …

Getting To Know Austin’s new City Council

Posted on 04/17/2015 by | Texas | Comments

About AARP | Events Having marked only their first 100 days in office, members of Austin’s first City Council under a new “10-1” system of government are in a honeymoon phase of getting to know one another and learning the city’s biggest issues. The City Council has spent the bulk of its time in orientation sessions and policy workshops, and Council members have purposefully postponed votes on many major decisions until they feel more settled. Austin’s elected leaders are still testing the strength of …

Share A Story Today

Posted on 04/13/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Advocacy | Volunteering We carefully chose the issues we’re focusing on during the 2015 Texas Legislative Session. One of the key elements is that all these topics are close to home for countless Texas families. So chances are you have a relative, neighbor or friend with a personal experience highlighting why at least one of these issues are important–and why Texas legislators should take note and work to fix or improve the situation. These personal stories are hugely important in helping illustrate the …

Easing the Transition Back Home After a Hospital Stay

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing AARP Texas is asking lawmakers to consider a measure that could reduce hospital readmissions by ensuring family caregivers know how to perform the follow-up tasks a patient will need at home. Under the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, hospitals would ask each patient to designate a family caregiver, who would be notified if the patient is to be moved or discharged. In addition, hospital staff would show caregivers how to perform follow-up tasks, such as managing medications or dressing …

For 3.4 Million Family Caregivers, A Simple Request

Posted on 03/30/2015 by | Texas | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving Each day in Texas, millions of uncelebrated heroes are giving baths and preparing meals. They’re providing rides to the doctor and grocery store. They’re dispending medicines and handling complex medical tasks, sometimes with little or no training. They are family caregivers. There are nearly 3.4 million of them in Texas alone, and they’re helping loved ones get the care that they need to live independently at home. For more than seven years, I was a caregiver to my lifelong love, …