A deal that must not be broken

By Bob Jackson Medicare is 53 years old this month. 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 […]

Rep. Tom Oliverson Receives AARP Texas Legislative Achievement Award

HOUSTON – In recognition of his work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, state Rep. Tom Oliverson (R-Cypress) has been presented a Texas Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas. Dr. Oliverson authored and fought for successful passage of legislation – House Bill 3276 – that requires freestanding emergency rooms to be more transparent regarding insurance networks covered by these facilities. The legislation, which received bipartisan support, was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott […]

New Scorecard Shows Where Texas Needs Improvement To Serve Older Adults, People With Disabilities

And pace of change must accelerate to meet demographic demands AUSTIN, Texas – Texas ranks 35th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Texas include the percent of high-risk nursing home residents with pressure sores, as well as the percent of nursing home residents who […]

New tool in fight against financial exploitation of elders, vulnerable adults Bilingual “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides unveiled

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 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 – […]

Texas Nursing Facilities Found To Be ‘Shamefully Poor’ in Quality

Legislative action sought in response to AARP Texas report  AUSTIN, Texas – Nursing homes in Texas are escaping accountability for hurting residents and jeopardizing their health, according to a new report by AARP Texas. The report, “Intolerable Care: A snapshot of the Texas nursing home quality crisis,” finds that the quality of roughly 1,200 nursing facilities where 93,000 Texans reside, is shamefully poor and worse than what exists in most other states. It identifies numerous, […]

Live your best life at any age

By Elvie Martinez Vengco I’ve always been a quiet person who believes in hard work and giving back. These two traits were ingrained in me growing up in the Philippines. But now, as a retired registered surgical nurse, I have discovered a new voice and I am not afraid to use it. This voice allows me to “disrupt aging” by empowering me to live my best life regardless of age by being compassionate, active, and […]

Volunteerism in the African-American Community

By: Charlene Hunter James It’s been said that volunteers are seldom paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. At least 63 million Americans volunteered their time in 2014, according to The Corporation for National and Community Service.  Of those heroes, nearly 1 in 5 were African-Americans of all ages. Volunteerism in the African-American community is a high priority to Naomi Andrews of Houston. Now 76 and retired, she has been volunteering […]

Franklin Beauty School’s Centennial Jubilee

AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus once said, “We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something besides ourselves.” For 100 years, Houston’s historic Franklin Beauty School has been helping students direct their desires to learn and desire to help others be happy.  This family-owned, workforce development institute has not only graduated a legion of entrepreneurs and leaders, but it has also been […]

Free Income-Tax Help At Fort Bend County Libraries

  Fort Bend County Libraries will again host representatives from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), who will provide free income-tax-preparation assistance for low-income taxpayers at several locations in the Fort Bend County library system from February 1 through April 18. Income-tax forms will no longer be available at the libraries, but patrons may use the libraries’ computers and printers to download and print out the forms from the IRS website,, during regular […]