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Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

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In 2010, around 25 million people lived in Texas, an increase of more than 4 million since the decade prior, according to U.S. Census data. (Adobe Stock)<br />

AUSTIN, Texas -- Nearly 100 days are left before the 2020 Census count begins, and advocates for Texans over age 50 say this massive undertaking is an opportunity for people looking for short-term work. Tina Tran, state director of AARP Texas, says her organization is helping older residents who w

Caregiving is a highly stressful and sometimes emotional experience, and a new report details just how complex caregiving duties can be. (Adobe Stock)

AUSTIN, Texas – In Texas, 3.4 million people are caregivers, a role they are thrust into whether they choose it or not. And new data quantifies the value of their efforts. According to AARP, Texas caregivers provided $35 billion worth of unpaid care in 2017. Rose Puente of San Antonio has

Before Medicare, nearly half of Americans age 65-plus had no insurance to cover hospitalization. (AdobeStock)

AUSTIN, Texas — It’s shopping time for the 2.5 million Texans who have Medicare coverage. Open enrollment for the program starts today and runs through December 7. It’s the one time of year beneficiaries can review their plan, and switch coverage if needed. State Director of AARP

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee will meet Thursday to discuss the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019. (Andy Dean/Adobe Stock)

AUSTIN, Texas - As efforts to bring down the cost of prescription medications intensify on Capitol Hill, some Texas groups say it can't come fast enough. The U.S. Senate Finance Committee meets Thursday to debate the bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019. Charles Cascio, associ

Antipsychotic medications can be dangerous for people with Alzheimer's and dementia. (David Pereias/Adobe Stock)

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has reduced the misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes in recent years, but some advocacy groups say much more can be done. Amanda Fredriksen, associate state director at AARP Texas, explained about 12,000 nursing home residents are being given antipsychotic drugs fo

Thousands of older Texans are victims of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation each year. (sabinevanerp/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas — The number of Texans age 65 and over is expected to double by 2030, and advocacy groups say increased investments by the state would help ensure they are protected from exploitation. It's estimated that older adults in the U.S. are exploited for tens of billions of dollars ea

Unpaid caregivers often put their own needs on hold in order to look after a parent, spouse or friend. (truthseeker08/Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas – There are nearly 3.5 million caregivers in Texas whose invaluable contributions allow older relatives to age in place in their homes. And there's a call to better support these folks, during National Family Caregivers Month in November. Unpaid caregivers often put their own

A record number of Texans are registered to vote in the Nov. 6 election. (DodgertonSkillhause/Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas — The midterm election is about a week away, and Texans who want to avoid the polls on November 6 have just five days to vote early. On Election Day, voters can only cast a ballot at their assigned precinct. However, they can cast a ballot at any early-voting location in their

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