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— Hurricane Harvey had barely stopped howling and Houston was still flooded when officials began hearing complaints of fraud targeting victims of the monster storm’s fury. Dismaying reports of $99 cases of water and $20 gallons of gasoline are among the 684 complaints of scams, including ones involving fraudulent charities, to reach the Texas attorney general’s office within four days of Harvey’s landfall. Gov. Greg Abbott condemned the crimes as “reprehensible” and “unTexan,” and he said the long road of storm …

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— The threat posed by Hurricane Harvey remains extreme, and Texans should continue to heed the warnings of local officials and emergency personnel. The safety and security of everyone is a top priority for AARP. Harvey’s effects on Houston, the Texas coast, and many Texas communities are likely to be long lasting and varied. There are ways to help the victims of the massive storm. These local government sites have updated information: Houston: http://www.houstonemergency.org/ Corpus Christi:  http://www.cctexas.com/ San Antonio:  http://www.sanantonio.gov/ Austin: …

— By Gabrielle Wilkosz Whether it’s windstorms, floods or wildfires, Texas endures some of the worst of Mother Nature’s wrath. That’s why it’s vital for the 50+ community, and friends and family, to prepare for unfavorable and even dangerous weather conditions. During the 2017 hurricane season, which runs through November, precautionary measures like assembling a hurricane toolkit, registering with a special needs shelter, and mapping out an evacuation plan can put your mind at ease and possibly save lives. Plan ahead …

— By Laura Tillman Marie-Pierre Stien of Houston is a creative person fond of trying new things. A school administrator, she writes flash fiction—stories of less than 500 words—and she’s working on illustrations she will give away to people. It’s not surprising that Stien, 54, isn’t intimidated by social media. She uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for her artistic endeavors and for advocacy and outreach. Stien is taking on a relatively new online medium—the podcast—produced by AARP in Houston. The online …

— Job search and strategy skills are an essential asset to have as a worker today. In Central Texas, where many newcomers arrive each day looking for work, there’s a great demand for knowing the practical steps to take toward improving chances of getting a job. For older workers looking for employment opportunities or those who are just wanting to enhance their career-building and job-interviewing skills, a series of job expos are being held throughout Austin in 2017. AARP Texas is …

— AARP Texas is proud to announce and welcome Melodía Gutiérrez to the Association’s Dallas-Fort Worth team. Gutiérrez, an AARP associate state director of outreach and advocacy, is leading AARP’s work in Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Gutiérrez joined the staff of AARP Texas in late May from the American Association of University Women, an advocacy group that promotes equity and education for women and girls. A recognized team player and consensus builder, Gutiérrez will work closely with AARP volunteers in …

— By Christian Nisttáhuz Earlier this month, Fort Worth officially joined AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities. AARP volunteers and staff were on hand for the exciting announcement, presenting Mayor Betsy Price with an official welcome. What’s most exciting about this is that is marks a local effort to make Fort Worth a more inclusive, accessible and livable city. AARP is committed to working with Mayor Price to create an age-friendly Fort Worth for everyone to enjoy. Why is this important? By …

— “My story is like so many others,” says Aletha, a Texas resident “My Mom is 93 and I’ve been her caretaker for 10-plus years. It is a tedious job. The past 4 years have been such a trying time. She is a diabetic, has chronic arthritis and in pain every day. I feel like I have no life because when I’m out, all I think of is getting back home to check on her. I’m not complaining about taking care …

— Feeling left out when it comes to the latest technology? AARP Texas is launching its Technology, Education and Knowledge (TEK) program in San Antonio this summer to help older people improve their digital literacy. The program will feature a series of free hands-on workshops using Dell Android tablets. On July 23, TEK begins with a course that will cover touchscreen basics, applications and texting, as well as photo sharing and video chat. Registration is required because seating is limited. For …

— By Thomas Korosec En español When Johnny Lewis’ wife, Shirley, was diagnosed with ALS last year, the 66-year-old retired probation supervisor took on the role of caregiver. As he put it, “It’s been a whole new thing.” Cooking, cleaning the house and driving Shirley to doctor appointments from their home in southeast Fort Worth have been part of the routine. Lewis considers himself lucky to have family and friends nearby. They have helped in a pinch—such as when he had …