— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Texas for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Attend AARP’s free, two-part webinar to find out how. Tips for Working Caregivers from Working Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Are you trying to balance caring for an aging or disabled loved one while working full or part time? Get the tips, ideas and support you need at AARP’s free, two-part webinar. Register today to get answers from AARP experts, a working family caregiver like you …

— Caring for a loved one is a lot of work, and there’s a real risk of burnout. Luckily, there are some self-care steps that caregivers can take to keep their tanks from running empty. It can be hard to make time for yourself while acting as a caregiver. In a study released in 2015, caregivers averaged 24.4 hours a week—the equivalent of three full workdays. In Texas in 2013, 3.35 million family caregivers provided unpaid care worth $35.5 billion, according …

— State Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) today filed Senate Bill 1212, which makes crucial improvements to nursing home safety sought by advocates for nursing home residents. AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson hailed the measure as a breakthrough toward improving nursing home safety. “Seniors and others residing in nursing homes have the right to expect quality care in a safe haven,” said Jackson. “The current system of nursing home oversight is full of gaping holes. Senator Hancock deserves praise for …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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. …

— Austin-area residents can learn how to decide, discuss and document their end-of-life wishes at two events this month. AARP Texas is hosting The 3 Ds of Advance Care Planning on consecutive Saturdays, June 16 and 23. The first session will include a screening of the PBS Frontline documentary Being Mortal—followed by a discussion on making and communicating end-of-life decisions and choosing people who can follow through. The second session will focus on the “discuss” and “document” aspects of the process …