Proposed Energy Bill Bad for All Floridians

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Take Action Now! Tell Your State Senator “Vote No!” on SB 1238 The proposed Utility Investment in Gas Reserves legislation (Senate Bill 1238) by Senator Bean could cost residential ratepayers millions. If passed, this bill would set up a regulatory framework that would allow public utilities (Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric and Gulf Power) to invest in oil and gas exploration (which involves fracking) in other states and recoup the cost from residential customers. Under this legislation, …

14 Florida Communities Now Pledge to Be More Age Friendly

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In case you didn’t hear, Miami-Dade County just got a little friendlier … age friendly, that is. On Feb. 22, Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative became official members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, a network of over 149 cities and communities nationwide that are committed to promoting greater health, well-being, and quality of life for people of all ages. Miami-Dade is the fifth largest such community in the U.S. Makes sense that the home to the …

Meet the City of Satellite Beach

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The city of Satellite Beach has shown its ­­­dedication to age-friendly living by encouraging more walkable streets, easy-access beach paths and universal design homes as a few of its top priorities. The east coast beach town has a population of 10,418, of which 28 percent are age 60 or older. In 2007, Vice Mayor Mark Brimer and Fire Chief Donald Hughes created a senior fall prevention program and it quickly became a top priority due to the demographic make up …

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.