— 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 …

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— Texans who have lost their homes due to damage from Hurricane Harvey could be eligible for special federal disaster assistance. In addition, Texans with federally backed mortgages who were already at risk of losing their homes for financial reasons before Harvey struck are getting a temporary reprieve from foreclosure. The Department of Housing and Urban development announced last week a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures on loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) for people in the counties that have …

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— By Gary Strauss As Texas begins to recover from Hurricane Harvey, some of the state’s residents and businesses will receive temporary tax relief. Texans in 18 counties affected by the storm will have until Jan. 31, 2018 to file federal personal and business tax returns that otherwise would be due between Aug. 23 and January 2018. Federal tax payments originally due starting last week — including the Sept. 15 and Jan. 16, 2018 deadlines for quarterly estimated tax payments — will …

— By Callie Jones Providing low-income older adults with counseling and other assistance is a passion of mine. It’s also what I do as a social worker when I’m not also interning at AARP Texas. I’ve come to realize there’s a lifeline for many older people, and it’s Social Security. Social Security is what keeps food on the table for many of the clients I serve. The clients I’ve worked with struggle to make ends meet, and they count on Social …

— With the scheduled end of the 2017 Texas legislative session approaching, AARP continues to fight for passage of several bills that aim to improve nursing home quality, ease the stress of family caregivers, protect older Texans from financial exploitation, and help consumers avoid and respond to surprise medical charges. Here’s a brief overview of some of the issues the AARP Texas team is working on at the state Capitol: Nursing Home Quality and Safety: Texans deserve quality care that ensures …

— Texas Appleseed and AARP today released five “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides, a toolkit for financial caregivers in Texas who manage money or property for those unable to do so for themselves. This interactive series of guides, in English and Spanish, is available in print and online at www.ProtectTheirMoneyTx.org. Nearly 3.5 million unpaid family caregivers in Texas provide a great labor of love by helping their parents, spouses and others manage their financial affairs – but they often lack the …

— When state lawmakers convene next month for the 2017 legislative session, AARP Texas will pursue an agenda that includes strengthening nursing home quality, easing stress for family caregivers, helping millions of Texans save for retirement, and protecting seniors from financial exploitation. AARP’s non-partisan Texas legislative priorities also include a focus on eliminating surprise medical bills, and advocating for the age 50+ community to ensure that insurance costs are reasonable, coverage is reliable, and utility services are affordable and dependable. The …

— By Tracy Sutton Schorn Cynthia Stubblefield, 60, of Mansfield, worked at J.C. Penney for 27 years, paying into Social Security. A recent statement from the agency said she stood to receive about $1,200 a month if she retired in two years. But when she called Social Security and said she had been a teacher’s aide in Arlington for the last 13 years, they recalculated her benefit to be hundreds of dollars less a month. “I was so upset and crying,” …

— By Tracy Sutton Schorn Les Wallace could be considered part of the booming Texas economy. In 2012, he started his own air-conditioning and heating company in Austin, iNtelligent Air Services, employing five workers. It has grown to 14 full-time employees. But having a retirement savings plan for Wallace and his workers seems out of reach, as it is for many small businesses. “Retirement? That sounds like a good but far-fetched idea,” said Wallace, 38. “I wish I could offer a …

— By Verónica Zaragovia Jesus Villalobos didn’t expect to spend more than 10 years volunteering after his retirement—but he’s not surprised, either. He’s known the importance of lending a hand his entire life. “I grew up in an orphanage,” said Villalobos, 81, “and I know people need help.” Speaking English and Spanish, he’s helped dozens of people since 2003 as a regional supervisor in El Paso for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. Founded in 1968 by four volunteers, Tax-Aide is the …