— A bill just pre-filed by Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) and backed by several Republican co-sponsors would give Texas courts the additional resources they need to effectively oversee guardianships and protect many vulnerable Texans. Guardianship reforms are a key issue for AARP during the upcoming Texas legislative session. SB 31 would establish the Office of Guardianship Abuse, Fraud and Exploitation Deterrence, designed to provide additional resources and assistance to courts with jurisdiction over guardianship proceedings. The bill’s low number is an …

— As Veterans Day approaches on Nov. 11, no doubt many Texans know well the sacrifices made in service of our nation. The state had about 164,000 active-duty and reserve military personnel as of 2017, second only to California. And roughly 1.6 million veterans lived in Texas last year, according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Texas’s estimated veteran population makes up roughly 8 percent of the state’s adult population, according to Veterans Affairs, including about 628,000 veterans …

— Don’t miss our local, online event for family caregivers. ONLINE CARE FAIR Tips, tools, resources and support for family caregivers in Texas. Thursday, November 15, 2018, 2-5 p.m. PT When it comes to caring for a loved one, everyone’s journey is different. That’s why you shouldn’t miss AARP’s Online Care Fair, a FREE live online event that offers resources, answers and support no matter where yours takes you. Filled with tips, tools, and access to local and state services, the …

— The Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher for Congress campaign is running a political ad in Texas’ 7th Congressional District that cites AARP on issues regarding the age-tax for people ages 50+. While AARP is an advocate for affordable health care for older adults and their families, AARP did not authorize this ad to reference AARP nor did AARP participate in the production of such ads. AARP has a proud history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6 p.m. CT If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

— Election Day 2018 is almost here. It’s an exciting time, and we at AARP want to help you feel ready to exercise your right to vote here in Texas. By voting, you can be the difference for your community, state and country. In fact, you don’t even have to wait until Election Day on Nov. 6 to vote. Texas has early voting that opens Oct. 22 and closes Nov. 2. Unfortunately, the deadline to register to vote in Texas in …

— This past summer, while interning with AARP Texas, I stayed in Austin with my aunt, uncle and grandfather, Da. Living with them was fantastic. My commute was much shorter, and I could hang around Austin with friends. But these aspects paled in comparison to the joy I felt after conversations with my grandpa, who has dementia. Da has been living with my aunt and uncle for a few years. He is 85 and partially blind. He lost his hearing in …

— An AARP poll released October 1 shows more than two-thirds of voters age 50 and older in Texas’ Seventh Congressional District believe Congress should strengthen Medicare and Social Security, address rising prescription drug costs, and strengthen and support family caregivers. “With Election Day less than 50 days away, candidates in the Seventh Congressional District would be wise to listen to the state’s most powerful voting group: those age 50 and older,” said Bob Jackson, AARP Texas director. “History shows older …

— By Laura Tillman Rosamond Bradley was 73 and living on her own in 2009. She had been a teacher, church volunteer and avid traveler. But she had begun to behave erratically. After one incident—smashing windows in her home, claiming a burglar was trying to get in—Bradley was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Eventually, a Lubbock County judge, citing Bradley’s mental illness and dementia, found that she was incapable of taking care of herself and named a son as her guardian. …

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— AARP Texas is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with events across the state. The month-long celebration, deemed so by an act of Congress, runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 each year. According to the Library of Congress, the occasion “celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture.” Hispanic Heritage Month dates back to 1968 and was originally a week-long observation. It became a month in length in 1988. Hispanic Heritage Month coincides with …