— Many family caregivers manage money or property when a loved one cannot. AARP Texas and the advocacy group Texas Appleseed have released a tool kit that can help caregivers safeguard their relatives’ assets and avoid unintended conflicts of interest. “Managing Someone Else’s Money in Texas” is a series of guides in English and Spanish. Each guide is tailored to a different type of fiduciary, including people who are agents under power of attorney, appointed by a court to be guardians …

— The following is a statement by AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson applauding the passage of HB 3921 by the Texas Senate today, a measure which would improve the reporting of financial exploitation targeting older Texans and would give new tools to banks and securities firms to place a temporary hold on suspicious transactions. Jackson said: “The Senate today has joined the House in taking an important step to protect vulnerable adults from becoming victims of financial fraud and abuse. We …

— With the scheduled end of the 2017 Texas legislative session approaching, AARP continues to fight for passage of several bills that aim to improve nursing home quality, ease the stress of family caregivers, protect older Texans from financial exploitation, and help consumers avoid and respond to surprise medical charges. Here’s a brief overview of some of the issues the AARP Texas team is working on at the state Capitol: Nursing Home Quality and Safety: Texans deserve quality care that ensures …

— Retirement should be a time of peace and relaxation, not one of struggle and financial worry. And when retirees seek advice regarding retirement investments, they should expect their professional advisors to give prudent guidance that keeps their best interests in mind. But low- and middle-income Texans currently lack adequate protections with their retirement savings. The previous administration updated and strengthened a Department of Labor fiduciary rule to require financial advisors to act in clients’ best interest rather than their own. …

— There’s one month until Tax Day! Tax season is notorious for being a headache for many during the springtime. From meeting strict deadlines, to knowing which services are reliable, taxes can create some unwanted stress. That’s why Tax-Aide started nearly five decades ago. In 1970, AARP’s Tax-Aide Program was imagined during a Naval Reserve exercise and now serves nearly 2.7 million taxpayers annually. Admiral Bernie Nash was informed by a Naval Reserve officer, who was also an IRS official, that …

— Texas Appleseed and AARP today released five “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides, a toolkit for financial caregivers in Texas who manage money or property for those unable to do so for themselves. This interactive series of guides, in English and Spanish, is available in print and online at www.ProtectTheirMoneyTx.org. Nearly 3.5 million unpaid family caregivers in Texas provide a great labor of love by helping their parents, spouses and others manage their financial affairs – but they often lack the …

— By Thomas Korosec Eva Bonilla fought back tears as she told legislators about her experience caring for her father and daughter. It was intimidating to tell her story to the Texas House Public Health Committee, she recalled. “There’s a group of people looking at you. You’re not a professional who’s used to doing this,” she said of her 2014 appearance before the panel. Still, the 68-year-old tour company owner from Fort Worth was able to describe her difficulty in keeping …

— Tax season is notorious for being a springtime headache. From meeting strict deadlines, to trying to use a reliable service, taxes can create some unwanted stress. That’s why AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started nearly five decades ago. In 1970, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide was imagined during a Naval Reserve exercise. Now it serves nearly 2.7 million taxpayers annually. Admiral Bernie Nash was informed by a Naval Reserve officer, who was also an IRS official, that older taxpayers were cheating themselves out of …

— When state lawmakers convene next month for the 2017 legislative session, AARP Texas will pursue an agenda that includes strengthening nursing home quality, easing stress for family caregivers, helping millions of Texans save for retirement, and protecting seniors from financial exploitation. AARP’s non-partisan Texas legislative priorities also include a focus on eliminating surprise medical bills, and advocating for the age 50+ community to ensure that insurance costs are reasonable, coverage is reliable, and utility services are affordable and dependable. The …

— By Tracy Sutton Schorn Cynthia Stubblefield, 60, of Mansfield, worked at J.C. Penney for 27 years, paying into Social Security. A recent statement from the agency said she stood to receive about $1,200 a month if she retired in two years. But when she called Social Security and said she had been a teacher’s aide in Arlington for the last 13 years, they recalculated her benefit to be hundreds of dollars less a month. “I was so upset and crying,” …