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AARP Florida Names Three State Lawmakers as ‘Capitol Caregivers’

Posted on 12/15/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

TALLAHASSEE — Across Florida, almost 2.7 million Floridians perform a labor of love, caring for older parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can stay at home—where they want to be—and out of costly institutions. It’s often more than a full-time job, and for millions of these caregivers, the responsibilities are overwhelming. Now AARP has recognized three Florida lawmakers for their work in 2015 that champion the cause of family caregivers throughout the state. AARP has named state Sen. Denise …

RAISE Act Passes Senate, Heads to House

Posted on 12/11/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Here’s good news for the nation’s 40 million family caregivers, including almost 2.7 million in Florida. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Act, which calls for a national strategy to recognize and support family caregivers. It now moves to the U. S. House of Representatives for a vote. “This bill supports love,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP’s Florida state president. “Millions of Floridians take on the responsibility of caring for their elders or those …

AARP Praises Passage of Transportation Safety Measures in FAST Act, Pushes for More Action

Posted on 12/8/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Washington, DC— Today AARP praised Congress for passing, and President Obama for signing into law, the bipartisan Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) which addresses the disturbing trend of rising pedestrian fatality rates.  The FAST Act will provide states and communities with the certainty they need to plan transportation projects that, in many cases, have been delayed or constrained. AARP is pleased that, for the first time, the bill specifically targets standards for the design of roads that safely …

AARP Tampa Bay Honors Bradenton Family Caregiver

Posted on 11/16/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. – November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – including more than 2.7 million from Florida – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. As part of this effort, AARP is recognizing Linda, a Bradenton caregiver who cares for her husband, Larry, by commissioning an original portrait. Linda, age 71, is a mother of three, a marathon runner, and …

Beware of Holiday Scams

Posted on 11/16/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

With the holiday giving season approaching, a new survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network found that 70 percent of consumers failed a quiz about how to stay safe from common holiday scams, and many are regularly engaging in risky behaviors which could leave them at risk of being victimized by con artists. A report, “Beware the Grinch: Consumers At Risk of Being Scammed During the Holidays,” details AARP’s polling of consumers regarding the most common holiday scams, including those related to …

Family Caregiver Virtual Fair on Nov. 19

Posted on 11/5/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Are you one of the 2.8 million Floridians caring for a parent or loved one? If you said “yes” then you’ll want to participate in AARP’s Virtual Family Caregiving Fair on Nov. 19. Participants can drop in online from noon to 4 pm ET. The fair provides family caregivers the opportunity to connect and share with other family caregivers, connect with professionals, learn more about health, financial and legal matters and ask questions during our live chats! See the list of …