— 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!

— How will Fort Worth’s next mayor continue the city’s progress towards becoming a more livable community for people of all ages and ethnicities? This key question will frame the upcoming mayoral forum on the campus of Tarrant County Community College on Thursday, April 11. The Fort Worth mayoral forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the South Campus Rotunda of Tarrant County Community College, located at 5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119. The event is free …

— The race is on to replace Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings with a record number of contenders. Nine individuals have filed for candidacy, and Dallas County Election Day is May 4. With this number of candidates, a runoff election may be necessary if no single candidate takes home a plurality of the votes. Read on to learn about each candidate currently in the running to be the new mayor.       2019 Dallas Mayoral Candidates   Mike Ablon Age: 54 …

— Applications are currently being accepted through Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET We know that it takes time to build great communities. But, we also believe that quick action can spark longer-term progress. AARP launched the AARP Community Challenge to fund projects that build momentum for change in communities to improve livability for all local residents. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a …

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— By Charlene Hunter James As we observe Black History Month, I cannot help but think about the African-Americans who give their time to causes and about the African-American organizations who make life better. The spirit of volunteerism in the African-American community has long been rooted in a culture of taking care of each other and of the community at large. By pitching in to take care of a friend or family member, volunteering at church, advocating for civil rights or …

— 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 …

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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 …

— 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, …

— As Hurricane Harvey ravaged Southeast Texas last August, one Texas assisted living facility (ALF) became infamous when a photo of elderly residents sitting in waist-deep water went viral. This image and other stories led AARP to examine complaints made to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) about the safety of residents in Texas’ assisted living facilities during and after the hurricane. Records show that a number of assisted living facility residents faced harm, neglect or abandonment during Harvey …

— Often overlooked when considering the long-term health of older adults, social isolation deserves to be addressed. Today, AARP estimates that 17% of adults age 50 and older suffer from isolation. Isolation is not always talked about but it is an important public health issue that affects millions of Americans.  But what is isolation, and who is prone to be affected by it? Isolation can affect anyone, no matter how social or physically capable they may seem. It takes two distinctive …