— Election Day 2018 is almost here. It’s an exciting time, and we at AARP want to help you feel ready to exercise your right to vote here in Texas. By voting, you can be the difference for your community, state and country. In fact, you don’t even have to wait until Election Day on Nov. 6 to vote. Texas has early voting that opens Oct. 22 and closes Nov. 2. Unfortunately, the deadline to register to vote in Texas 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 …

— Medicare is 53 years old today. The Congress elected during this year’s midterm elections will likely determine what Medicare’s future is, including whether it will continue meeting the promise made to those who have paid into the system over the years. That’s why it is in the best interest of every American voter to find out whether their member of Congress will work to improve Medicare on behalf of beneficiaries or cut Medicare and pass the costs on to the …

— Some 12 to 13 million Texans should pay particular attention now that all major presidential candidates have come forward with their plans to keep Social Security strong and solvent for current and future generations. That’s approximately the number of Texans who are now paying Social Security taxes — both salary and wage earners as well as the self-employed. The July issue of AARP Bulletin will feature the candidates’ responses. But laying out a plan and making sure it works as …

— As Texans begin casting votes for the presidential election, it’s important to separate campaign rhetoric from the serious issues that impact our lives in the most profound ways. One of these issues—largely ignored in the presidential debates so far—is how, if elected, the candidates plan to keep Social Security financially strong and viable for future generations. The stakes are high. Absent any action, in less than 20 years, Social Security recipients will face a 25 percent cut in benefits. For …