Staying hydrated is key for elder adults this summer

HOUSTON – (June 22, 2017) – As temperatures continue to rise, the risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration also rise among adults 65 years of age and older. An expert at Baylor College of Medicine offers tips on how to recognize dehydration and stay hydrated and ways to manage the heat this summer. “Aging affects the body’s ability to regulate heat,” said Dr. Robert Roush, professor of medicine-geriatrics at Baylor. “As we age, we also lose our sense of thirst; it’s a normal age-related change.” In addition to losing the ability to feel thirsty, excessive heat also plays a role in dehydration in elder adults. Dehydration in combination with high temperatures can lead to many heal

MFV: Newly Disclosed Senate GOP Healthcare Bill Cuts Affordable Care to Give Tax Breaks to the Wealt

WASHINGTON, DC — Senate Republican leaders on Thursday unveiled their proposed healthcare bill that would drastically reduce Medicaid, the safety net health care program for low-income elderly people in nursing homes and families. The plan is similar to the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would cut 23 million from the health insurance rolls and result in higher costs for insurance and fewer benefits. The following is a statement from Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota: “This is a very ugly bill. No wonder the GOP-led Senate tried to keep it secret. “Instead of trying to work in a bipartisan fashion to fix the current system which covered essential healt

Los padres latinos se oponen a que sus hijos obtengan préstamos estudiantiles y que acumulen deuda,

PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Los padres latinos se oponen a que sus hijos obtengan préstamos estudiantiles, enumerando otros nueve métodos para ayudar a pagar la universidad antes de los préstamos, según una nueva investigación de Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). Las becas (43 por ciento), la ayuda federal para estudiantes (40 por ciento), los ahorros de los padres (36 por ciento) y el comenzar estudios en una institución menos costosa de dos años (31 por ciento) figuran en la parte más alta de esta lista de métodos, seguido por un préstamo de fondos de una cuenta de jubilación, un plan 529, un trabajo de medio tiempo para su hijo, programas de trabajo-estudio y p

Latino parents are against children taking on student loans and debt according to MassMutual's C

PRNewswire/ -- Latino parents are opposed to their children obtaining student loans, listing nine other methods to help pay for college ahead of loans, according to new research from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). Scholarships (43 percent), federal student aid (40 percent), parent savings (36 percent), and starting at a less expensive two-year college (31 percent) top the list of methods, followed by borrowing funds from a retirement account, a 529 plan, a part-time job for their child, work-study programs, and parents borrowing. Interestingly, while Latinos are one of the most optimistic groups when it comes to the affordability of college, they are also the group

MFV Texas Hails Houston City Council Vote To Sue Texas Over SB 4 Law

HOUSTON, TX — Mi Familia Vota (MFV) Texas members applauded on Wednesday the Houston City Council vote to join other major Texas cities in the lawsuit to strike down Texas’ new racial profiling law, known as SB 4. The vote followed a day of testimony on Tuesday by Houstonians, including MFV members, who cited the law’s impact on community safety, the city’s economy, the chilling effect on local universities, and the impact on communities of color, regardless of status. Houston joins Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and other jurisdictions in the lawsuit to stop the law from taking effect September 1. A federal district court hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for next Monday in San Antonio. The

NCLR Action Fund Announces Senate Campaign to Protect and Defend Health Care for Latinos - HEALTH

Washington, DC - Today, the National Council of La Raza Action Fund (NCLRAF) announced their Senate campaign to Protect and Defend Health Care for Latinos. NCLRAF will be urging Latinos voters to call their Senator to vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to protect healthcare for millions of Latinos and seniors. The Trumpcare bill to repeal the ACA could be voted on by the Senate as early as this week. If the proposed bill becomes law, 23 million Americans could lose their health insurance by 2026, including millions of Latinos and seniors. Health insurance costs for seniors could jump from $1,700 to $14,600 per year under the current bill. In addition, over $800 billion i

Lubbock’s Largest Annual Animal Event is Back… CRITTERFEST ‘17

It’s a Zoo in Here! Lubbock’s most popular annual animal event is back again this June. No where else in town can you see bears, elephants, alligators, crocodiles, camels, a kangaroo, giant tortoises, big snakes, and tons of other cool animals as the Science Spectrum literally turns into a Zoo for four days. Awesome and amazing animal acts, as well as the extremely popular petting zoo, pony and camel rides, along with many of other animals on display continue to make this event a hit for the whole family! Two exciting shows will be featured at this year’s CritterFest. Rosaire’s Bears and Crocodile Encounters will headline the always popular animal entertainment. Rosaire’s Bears is an all n

Aspiring Americans Celebrate Flag Day By Attending Citizenship Workshops Throughout the U.S.

Historic application rates reported by USCIS in second quarter of 2017, 529,616 applications submitted this year to date WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and member organizations, Mi Familia Vota (MFV), and countless organizations are celebrating Flag Day by encouraging eligible legal permanent residents to seek out the best protection against deportation through over 130 application assistance events being held across the country throughout the summer. Partner organizations are eager to celebrate the news that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reported a record-breaking number of aspiring Americans have submitted citizen

Lubbock County Democrats Statement on Abbott Veto

"We are disappointed in Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to veto from the state budget a program that would have created a statewide program to protect the elderly and incapacitated who are neglected or swindled by court-appointed guardians. Lubbock County is ground zero for this issue and the governor has failed the people of Lubbock County with this action. Many, including Ms. Rosamond Bradley have been stuck in guardianship because Lubbock County Judge Tom Head refused to restore their legal rights. Also, a married couple from Lubbock bilked elderly people and their estates of thousands with no oversight from the state, Lubbock County commissioners, or Judge Head. The bill authored to solve

NCLR Poll of Latino Voters Demonstrates Workplace Concerns as New Trump Budget Threatens to Slash Cr

WASHINGTON, D.C.— NCLR (National Council of La Raza) released a national poll of Latino voters focused on their experiences in the workplace, including health, safety and wage issues. The poll, administered by the polling firm Latino Decisions, surveyed 700 respondents between May 12-25, 2017. The poll is significant as it comes on the heels of proposed budget cuts at the Department of Labor (DOL) that would affect the ability of the agency to effectively enforce violations and provide job readiness programs to train workers. Among the poll’s findings are that foreign-born, predominantly Spanish-speaking and low-income Latino voters (household earnings of less than $40,000 a year) face serio

Tips for overcoming health and fitness challenges in middle age - HEALTH

HOUSTON – (June 13, 2017) – Health and fitness challenges can happen at any age, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something that should be reassessed throughout various stages in life. Dr. Mark Adickes, chief of the division of sports medicine and associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, addresses specific health and fitness challenges for middle-aged adults and gives tips on how to overcome them. “The biggest challenge middle-aged adults face is budgeting the time required to exercise and to prepare or buy the right food,” Adickes said. According to Adickes, three important factors in maintaining health in middle age include: Cardiovascular fitness – ru

Amid Historically Low Turnout, Puerto Ricans Vote for Statehood

As of 7 p.m. ET, yesterday, the island's election commission (CEE in Spanish) had reported that about 23 percent of the island's eligible voters had cast ballots, or about 500,000 votes. About 97 percent of the votes were for statehood. The island's governor, Ricardo Rosselló from the New Progressive Party (PNP in Spanish), along with his government, had been pushing for a “yes” for statehood as the best way to grapple with Puerto Rico's crippling $73 billion debt. But the island's other two main political parties had pushed for a boycott of the plebiscite, and it showed in the turnout numbers. About 1.3 percent voted for the current commonwealth status and about 1.5 percent voted for indepe

Texas governor signs $217 billion budget, vetoes $120 million

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the state’s two-year budget Monday, giving his approval to the $217 billion document crafted by the Legislature. But the governor did cut about $120 million from various programs through a mechanism known as a line-item veto — including measures meant to improve the region's air quality and assist the colonias, impoverished areas on the Texas-Mexico border. The budget, the product of a compromise agreed to by state lawmakers last month, “addresses the most pressing challenges faced by our state,” Abbott said in a prepared statement. “This budget funds a life-saving overhaul of Child Protection Services, continues to fund the state’s role in securing our border,

LARW to Meeting June 15

Lubbock Area Republican Women will host our next meeting on Thursday, June 15 at Hillcrest Country Club at 11:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe. The luncheon is $16.00 per person and includes all charges for the meal, tax, and gratuity. RSVP by Monday, June 12 to: 806-831-3168. The public and media are invited to attend. Kelly Rowe began his career in Lubbock in 1999 when he was appointed Administrative Lieutenant of the Detention Division. He was promoted to Captain in the Detention Branch and later transferred to Law Enforcement. Shortly after he formed the transition team, selecting the initial staff, working to ensure all oversight and tasks were

NCLR: Congressional Vote to Strip Consumer Protections, Financial Oversight Is Reckless

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) expressed deep concern with the passage of H.R. 10, the “Financial CHOICE Act of 2017,” a bill that would strip vital consumer protections and weaken accountability measures put in place following the financial crisis of 2008. Years of unregulated and reckless behavior by financial institutions led to a national financial crisis that cost millions of Americans their jobs, resulted in billions in taxpayer-funded bailouts and trillions in lost retirement savings. Among the hardest hit were Latinos, who between 2005 and 2009 had their median household wealth fall by 66 percent. The devastating and widespread effects of the crisis led to t

Call for Special Session Raises Concerns Among Educators

AUSTIN, Texas —Texas Governor Greg Abbott released his plans for a special legislative session that would begin July 18. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is concerned that several education-related issues on the governor’s agenda could hurt Texas public schools, despite the governor’s support for raising teacher pay. “Texas educators have dedicated their lives to teaching our state’s future generations, and a pay raise is certainly needed in light of rising healthcare costs,” ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey said. “Our concerns are with the governor proposing a raise without providing fundin g. He’s suggesting districts find the money within their existing budgets, w

Quantity Over Quality? Minorities Shown To Get An Excess Of Ineffective Care

Minority patients face a double whammy: Not only are they more likely to miss out on effective medical treatments than white patients, but, according to a new study, they’re also more likely to receive an abundance of ineffective services. The study, published in the June issue of Health Affairs, examined 11 medical services identified as “low value” by the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely initiative. That program pinpoints unnecessary, overused medical tests and treatments in an effort to reduce waste and avoid needless risk in the health care system. Researchers analyzed Medicare administrative data from 2006 to 2011 for beneficiaries in the traditional Medicare program who were 65 or old

Community Foundation of West Texas Receives a Grant for Mini Grants for Teachers Program

Lubbock, TX - The Community Foundation of West Texas has received a grant from the Lubbock Lions Club for the Mini Grants for Teachers program. Today there is an emphasis on promoting excellence in higher education but limited private support for educational initiatives in the earlier grades. Teachers with good ideas to improve their academic curriculum often have no discretionary funds to do so. Mini Grants for Teachers provides a way to channel private support directly to teachers to implement creative classroom projects. Since its inception, Mini-Grants for Teachers has funded 516 teachers for 498 innovative projects in 19 South Plains school districts, providing active and enriched lea

MFV Thanks AILA for Cancelling TX Convention Because of SB 4

At the same time, U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) sent a letter to the organizers of South by Southwest (SXSW) urging them to consider relocating their annual conference and festival out of Texas until SB 4, recently signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, is repealed or overturned by the courts. In an initial response, SXSW stated it would would continue “fighting for the rights of all” but would remain in Austin. “The courageous announcement by AILA and the leadership of Sens. Menendez and Cortez Masto show how the wrong-headed decisions of the governor and GOP-led state Legislature are bad for Texas,” said Ben Monterroso, executive director of MFV. “

RIBBON CUTTING AT LUBBOCK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Sheriff Kelly S. Rowe and a slew of county and city officials, as well as law enforcement members from different branches, gathered for the ribbon cutting of the new Law Enforcement Center. The new center is located on 712 Broadway Street near the county courthouse. Sheriff Rowe said the new center is “going to make for such better operations with regard to all of our law enforcement functions. People have room to do what they need to do. They’ve got the spaces. They’ve got the appropriate equipment. They can train like they need to as much as they need to. And we can support the entire South Plains region as we’ve always done.” After the ribbon cutting ceremony,

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