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AARP Florida Urges Donors to Avoid Scams, Use State Disaster Fund to Support Victims of Orlando Terror Attack on Gay Nightclub

Posted on 06/13/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Florida |

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AARP Florida Acting State Director Dionne Polite urged those wishing to donate to help the victims of the deadly June 12 terror attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando to avoid unprincipled scams circulating in the aftermath of the nation’s deadliest mass shooting attack. Instead, those wishing to help should consider donating a state-managed disaster fund, which was activated Monday by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Polite said. (Read state press release here.) “Our thoughts and prayers go out …

Florida Congressional Members Vow to Support RAISE Act

Posted on 06/10/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Florida |

Updated June 10, 2016: The following members from the Florida Congressional delegation have joined RAISE Act author Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) in co-sponsoring the bi-partisan bill: Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville) Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Miami) Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Orlando) Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Hollywood) Sens. Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R) have previously stated they would support the bill.   Original Post, Dec. 10, 2015: RAISE Act Passes Senate, Heads to House Here’s good news for the nation’s 40 million family caregivers, including …

AARP Florida Hosts Inaugural Caregiving Conference in Tampa Bay

Posted on 06/9/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Florida |

Caregivers throughout the Bay Area last month assembled for the inaugural Florida Caregiver Conference, a two-day event that focused on emerging caregiving products and services, planning education for caregivers and coaching caregivers how to care themselves. Sponsored by AARP Florida and the Tampa Bay Caregiver Accelerator (TBCA), the conference (May 17-18) also served as a capstone event for the students of the TBCA, a pilot program that bridges the gap between caregivers and the local start-ups that are creating services …

AARP Florida Volunteers Head to Washington to Push Robust Agenda on Family Caregiving, Social Security

Posted on 06/8/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Florida |

Today, volunteers and staff from Florida were on Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, these volunteers and staff have carried crucial asks: AARP Florida advocates asked members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers: the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, and the Credit for Caring Act …

Tell the Florida Public Service Commission That Florida Power & Light’s $1.34 Billion Rate Increase Proposal Is Not Justified

Posted on 05/23/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Florida |

Florida Power & Light (FPL) is asking the state Public Service Commission for a $1.34 billion increase in electric rates. AARP believes the level of this proposed rate increase isn’t justified. FPL is already earning more than 9 percent returns in a business that is protected from competition by state law. Now they want returns of 11.5 percent. Meanwhile, many Florida residential ratepayers struggle to earn 2 percent on their savings and investments. For consumers, the proposed rate increase means …

AARP Florida Requests to Formally Intervene in FPL Rate Increase Case Before Florida Public Service Commission

Posted on 04/26/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Florida |

Contact: Jessyca Sosa 786.804.4509 o 954.646.4584 c jsosa@aarp.org Dave Bruns 850.577.5161 o 850.228.2759 c dbruns@aarp.org St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida state director, Jeff Johnson, announced today that AARP Florida has filed a request to formally intervene in a Florida Power & Light (FPL) $1.34-billion proposed rate increase case before the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), urging the PSC to reject the proposed increase as too costly for consumers. “On behalf of AARP’s 2.8 million members across the state, as …

A Week in Jacksonville With AARP

Posted on 04/25/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Florida |

For the past two years, AARP Florida has sponsored the Jacksonville Jazz Festival with tremendous success. This year, we’re upping the ante. May we present to you: A Week in Jax With AARP Beginning Saturday, May 21 culminating with the AARP Block party and fabulous concerts at the Jazz Festival May 27-29. Here’s what’s going on (break out your calendar, you’re going to want to mark down a few things.)   SATURDAY | MAY 21 AARP UNIVERSITY YOUR HEALTH, WEALTH …

AARP Florida State President Named to Top Volunteer Role in America’s Seven Largest States

Posted on 04/1/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Florida |

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – AARP has named a retired Boca Raton aviation leader and volunteer activist to a role representing the interests of tens of thousands of AARP volunteers in America’s seven largest states. Kenneth “Ken” Thomas, 62, will serve as Regional Volunteer Director for the AARP Mega-States region. He will be the top-ranking volunteer leader in this region. The region includes AARP volunteers and staff in seven states: California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. These states …

New Law Aims to Prioritize Those Who Need At-Home Health Services

Posted on 03/29/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Florida |

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Elder Affairs will prioritize need for the state’s residents on its wait lists for home and community-based long-term care (HCBS) services, according to a law (House Bill 1335) signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Friday. Currently, about 60,000 low-income and disabled Floridians are on waiting lists for at least one of a series of state services that help families keep their loved ones at home and out of more costly nursing home facilities.  HCBS …

AARP Florida: Floridians 50+ Score Some Wins in 2016 Session

Posted on 03/11/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Florida |

For immediate release March 11, 2016 Contact: Dave Bruns 850.577.5161 o 850.228.2759 c dbruns@aarp.org AARP Florida: Floridians 50+ Score Some Wins in 2016 Session; Budget Showed Progress But Too Many People Still Wait for Help New guardianship law establishes new protection for vulnerable older Floridians; gains in affordable housing funding are welcome Tallahassee, Fla. – In the 2016 legislation session, Floridians age 50-plus scored solid wins on oversight of professional guardians, blocking cost increases for consumers seeking their medical records …