— 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 …

— By Charlene James As campaign season and AARP’s BE THE DIFFERENCE. VOTE. initiative heat up, AARP volunteers are active the local level, focusing on community and educational efforts. State advocacy volunteers, in particular, have been very busy in becoming acquainted with AARP national and state legislative priorities along with visiting their respective congressional and state elected officials. We are appreciative to the State Office Advocacy Team for their work and guidance. AARP has an highly structured and effective volunteer program, …

— Earlier this month, the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP announced they are joining forces to extend the reach of the Community Resource Finder, an online database connecting families with local resources to help address concerns and navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s, dementia and aging. The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder is a database of dementia and aging-related resources, developed to make it easier for caregivers, people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and those involved in making care-related decisions …

— Mark your calendar for a day of live music, food and dancing during the annual “Celebrando con AARP” on Sunday, Oct. 7. Hosted by AARP  in San Antonio at Traders Village (9333 S.W. Loop 410),  from noon to 6 p.m., the event will cap National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15). This year is San Antonio’s 300th anniversary, and AARP is focusing on ways the city can become an even better place for older residents, said Lisa Rodriguez, …

— AARP Texas today lauded a proposal by Texas Sunset Advisory Commission Vice Chair Representative Chris Paddie — and approved by the commission — to ensure the safety of vulnerable Texans during natural disasters by taking steps to immediately fix some of the issues that plagued the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR) during Hurricane Harvey a year ago. STEAR was intended to help local emergency management to identify and locate persons needing assistance during a natural disaster. Currently, 57,000 …