— 2019 is here, and during this time of celebration and renewal it’s also a special occasion to reflect on our many AARP accomplishments in the areas of advocacy and outreach. In 2018, our work had a truly meaningful impact at the federal, state and community levels. As volunteers for AARP, it is especially gratifying to know that we contributed so monumentally toward enhancing the quality of life for a great many older adults, as well as their families, both in …

— They’re back! Texas lawmakers have returned to Austin for the start of a 140-day legislative session in which they’ll craft a new two-year state spending plan, deliberate over hundreds of bills, and work through a long list of issues on behalf of the state’s 28 million residents. On this opening day of ceremonies at the Capitol, the House elects a new speaker, Angleton Republican Rep. Dennis Bonnen, and the Senate gavels in under the leadership of Dan Patrick, the state’s …

— Sign Up for Our Free Online Work and Skills Event Online Career Networking Expo: Spotlight on Part-Time Work and Skills Thursday, January 24, 2019, 12-3 p.m. CT Looking for part-time work? AARP’s Online Career Networking Expo is bringing the employers, the skills and the possibilities of part-time work to you! This free, unique event lets you network with employers online and learn how to improve the skills that can get you noticed. Tune in to expert-led webinars such as: Age-Proof Your …

— Get Your Questions Answered at AARP’s Free Webinar for Family Caregivers Navigating Insurance for Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Caring for a loved one and have questions about their insurance options? Good news! AARP’s two-part question and answer webinar has the answers—and it’s free to attend. Register now to get expert advice about Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other payment options. The webinar will also cover …

— Holiday shopping season is in full swing. If you’re like most Americans, you’ll do a significant amount of your shopping online. Unfortunately, there is a tradeoff for skipping the bustling crowds of last-minute shoppers at the mall in favor of checking off your gift list online while still wearing your pajamas. It’s OK, though! Here are a few simple tips anyone can follow to reduce the risk of being scammed or stolen from when shopping online. Check a site’s security …

— The number of freestanding emergency rooms in Texas has grown from zero to more than 200 in less than a decade. In fact, Texas is home to more than half of all the freestanding ERs in the country. An AARP Texas investigation has found that many of these facilities are using misleading language about whether they’re in-network for insurance, putting Texans in peril of receiving burdensome surprise medical bills. A state law passed in 2009 cleared the way for the creation …

— By Tom Korosec Texas has made progress on reducing the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes as a result of attention from federal and state regulators and consumer groups like AARP, as well as industry efforts. AARP Texas will continue to advance the issue as a priority when the state Legislature begins its session Jan. 8. “Sometimes physicians will prescribe antipsychotic drugs in an attempt to chemically sedate an individual in lieu of appropriate staff attention. This is a …

— Por Tom Korosec Texas ha logrado avanzar en la reducción del uso de antipsicóticos en los hogares de ancianos. Esto fue gracias a la atención por parte de reguladores federales y estatales y de grupos de defensa del consumidor como AARP, además de debido a iniciativas de la industria. AARP Texas seguirá dándole prioridad a este tema cuando la legislatura estatal comience su sesión el 8 de enero. “Los médicos a veces recetan antipsicóticos para intentar sedar químicamente a una …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6 p.m. CT The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— By: Gabrielle Wilkosz Former President George H. W. Bush is being remembered as a man of service and high character. The 41st president of United States died in Houston Friday night. His death comes seven months after the death of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush. At age 18, Mr. Bush became the youngest aviator in the Navy, and at age 90, he celebrated his birthday by skydiving. Throughout his life, Mr. Bush redefined what it means to age …