— By Thomas Korosec After Hurricane Ike struck Houston in September 2008, volunteers with the nonprofit Avenue CDC helped fix Angela Guerrero’s grandmother’s house. Now Guerrero is in a position to repay the favor by helping restore houses damaged by Hurricane Harvey in August. Guerrero, 31, is part of a small army of volunteers in nonprofit organizations who are helping to restore their communities in Harvey’s wake. Many are being helped by funds from AARP Foundation, which has invested $3.2 million …

— Former Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Commissioner Jon Weizenbaum joins the AARP Texas Executive Council as its newest member. Since 1998, Weizenbaum has worked with AARP Texas on a number of policies and advocacy issues. Now, he will lend his leadership experience and background of supporting older Texans to a two-year term on the council. “AARP has one of the strongest voices in Texas for the rights of consumers and seniors,” Weizenbaum said. Executive Council members serve as …

— In recognition of his work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, state Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) was presented a Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas on Wednesday. With Senator Schwertner’s support, House Bill 2025 was signed into law and will ensure that nursing homes will be held accountable for harming residents. The legislation establishes broader protections against mistreatment of residents of long-term care facilities and will provide stiff penalties for repeat offenses. The legislation is seen by AARP as …

— In recognition of his work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, state Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) was presented today a Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas. Representative Parker authored and fought for successful passage of legislation – House Bill 3921 – that seeks to protect older Texans from financial exploitation. HB 3921 gives financial institutions greater authority to stop suspicious banking transactions on behalf of clients age 65 and older. The legislation, which was signed into law by …

— In recognition of his work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, state Rep. Tom Oliverson (R-Cypress) has been presented a Texas Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas. Dr. Oliverson authored and fought for successful passage of legislation – House Bill 3276 – that requires freestanding emergency rooms to be more transparent regarding insurance networks covered by these facilities. The legislation, which received bipartisan support, was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and took effect on Sept. 1. …

— In recognition of her work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, state Rep. Yvonne Davis (D-Davis) has been presented a Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas. Davis sponsored and fought for successful passage of legislation – House Bill 2025 – that will ensure better training for those who provide care to people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Texas. HB 2025 was amended to also include the contents of another major …

— Updated “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides just in time for holidays AARP and Texas Appleseed today released updated versions of five “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides—fresh with references to recently enacted laws—in time for the holiday season when many families gather for important decision-making conversations. The series of guides, originally distributed in March, are a tool for financial caregivers in Texas who manage money or property for those unable to do so for themselves. The interactive resource is available online, …

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— AARP Texas has joined forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for Operation Protect Veterans — a campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. The major educational campaign will reach out to veterans in communities across Texas and nationwide. The goal of Operation Protect Veterans is to educate and protect veterans from losing money to con artists. A new AARP survey reveals that …

— La Gran Tamalada, a free event hosted by AARP Texas, offers a hands-on way to learn how to make tamales. This year the festive workshop will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, from 3-5 p.m., at the Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St., San Antonio. In many parts of Texas, preparation of big batches of tamales is a family-centered celebration during the holidays. AARP Texas invites adults and children to learn about the ingredients, recipes and cooking methods involved. Held annually since …

— This afternoon, AARP Texas is joining the City of Houston, Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC), Texas Ratepayers’ Organization to Save Energy (Texas ROSE), One Voice Texas and the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies in filing a Petition for Emergency Rulemaking before the Texas Public Utility Commission to extend electricity customer protection rules for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson released the following statement. “AARP Texas joins the City of Houston and other organizations today in …