Florida Leads Nation In Most Dangerous Metro Areas For Preventable Pedestrian Deaths

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 10, 2017 CONTACT: Dave Bruns dbruns@aarp.org 850.577.5161 Efforts to make streets and roads safer are growing, but most recent report finds Florida has eight of 10 most dangerous metro areas for pedestrians  St. Petersburg, Fla. – Efforts to improve Florida’s livability are growing, but the Sunshine State still ranked as the nation’s deadliest state for pedestrians, with eight out of the 10 most dangerous metro areas for pedestrians to be found in Florida, according to a new …

AARP Recognizes Six Florida Lawmakers with Capitol Caregiver Award

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TALLAHASSEE — AARP Florida has honored six Florida state legislators with its “Capitol Caregiver” award for their work in the 2016 Florida legislative session on helping to ease Florida’s nursing shortage, establishing a state commission to study emerging opportunities in using telecommunications technology to deliver health and long-term care services, allowing advanced registered nurse practitioners and licensed physician assistants to prescribe medicines, and improving oversight of professional guardians. The legislators honored were: Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, for sponsoring the Senate version …

AARP Florida, America’s Second Harvest Food Bank Team Up to Help Older Big Bend Residents

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Tallahassee, Fla. — More than 700 older Big Bend residents can rest a little easier in 2017, thanks to a $5,000 grant provided by AARP Florida to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend. “We’re delighted to work with Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend to support the Senior Grocery Program, which provides food packages to older residents of the Big Bend region through a series of partnerships,” said Leslie Spencer, associate state director for advocacy …

Brand Name Drug Prices Increase 130 Times Faster Than Inflation

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Gird you pocketbooks, Floridians. Prices for the brand name drugs you use most are sharply escalating and show no signs of stopping. According to the new AARP Rx Price Watch Report, the cost of the nation’s most widely used prescription medication rose by an average of 15.5 percent in 2015 – nearly 130 times faster than the .1 percent general inflation rate. The average annual cost for one brand name drug used on a chronic basis now exceeds $5,800, the …

Florida’s No. 1 for Tax Identity Theft

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Florida strives to be a national trendsetter for many things but not this: The Sunshine State No. 1 in tax identity theft and fraud nationwide. Most targets are older residents who are unaware that they have been swindled. “We are working with the IRS to do everything we can to help retirees and all AARP members in Florida protect their identity from the dangers of theft,” said Victoria Funes, AARP Florida Associate State Director, during a co-sponsored press conference with …

AARP Florida Disappointed In Public Service Commission’s Side Deal With Florida Power & Light

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Utility Monopoly Gets Unanimous  OK From Government Panel for Unwarranted Rate Increase Media contact: Dave Bruns, 850.228.2759 or dbruns@aarp.org TALLAHASSEE – AARP Florida’s state director, Jeff Johnson, issued the following statement today after the Florida Public Service Commission granted Florida Power & Light (FPL) an increase in its base rates, which guarantees the utility’s shareholders an unreasonably high profit at the expense of residential customers. Today’s decision sets the precedent for other publicly owned utility companies to ask for unwarranted …

AARP Florida Congratulates Election Winners

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AARP Florida congratulates the winners of the 2016 Congressional and legislative elections. As AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said earlier today, ‘Now the real work begins.’ AARP Florida stands ready to work with the state’s elected leaders to improve the lives of Floridians of every generation.

AARP Asks State Utilities Regulators to Reject Proposed Settlement Deal on FPL Rate-Increase Request

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TALLAHASSEE – AARP Florida asked the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) Thursday to reject a proposed $800-million-plus proposed settlement agreed to by Florida Power & Light Inc. (FPL) and groups representing some of FPL’s business and institutional customers. However, other groups that have formally filed to intervene in the electric rate case haven’t agreed to the deal.  And AARP, the Sierra Club environmental group and a Loxahatchee couple who filed to intervene in the rate case all opposed the settlement. “AARP …

Help Us Bring Florida Into the 21st Century

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Floridians, we need your help! We need you to help us educate state and federal candidates about the health and long-term care technologies needs that will benefit Floridians of all ages. Of course you know that Florida has the nation’s highest percentage of 65-plus residents, 19.4 percent, which is expected to double in the 21st Century. Yet the state of Florida deals with its family caregivers and their loved ones as if it were still in the 1950s. Compared to …

Nuevos datos de AARP: Nuevas tecnologías y soluciones modernas pueden crear opciones para dónde y cómo viven los Floridanos y como Envejecen

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Para Publicación Inmediata Contacto de Prensa : Jessyca Sosa, 959-646-4584, jsosa@aarp.org Población de Floridanos mayores prefiere permanecer en casa y en sus comunidades para recibir servicios necesarios de cuidado a largo plazo. ST. PETERSBURG – Fla. — Florida tiene el porcentaje más alto de 65-plus residentes (19.4%) de los Estados Unidos, y su población de personas mayores continuará creciendo rápidamente en el siglo XXI. Sin embargo el estado de Florida se ocupa de sus cuidadores familiares y sus seres queridos …