AARP Florida Age-Friendly Communities

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The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities encourages states, cities, towns and rural areas to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Launched in April 2012, the network operates under the auspices of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program. Read the AARP Bulletin story on Florida’s efforts to get communities to join the network. To date, Florida …

Winter Haven – An AARP Age-Friendly Community

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September 2016 Admitted in October 2015, the City of Winter Haven was the third Florida community to enter the AARP Age-Friendly Network. Over the summer the city’s aging council is conducting its survey, as required by membership in the network, to gauge residents’ feedback on how age friendly they think the city is now and which amenities they need to make it more so for future generations. Cari Herrington chairs the Council on Quality Aging, which looks for ways to make …

Cutler Bay – An AARP Age-Friendly Community

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September 2016 Three words will make you want to live in the Town of Cutler Bay: Golf. Cart. Rodeo. (Must see video below) Incorporated in 2005, Cutler Bay has distinguished itself from its northern metropolis neighbor — Miami. Although the town has yet to enter into its teenage years, it has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, civic wise, thanks to its forward-thinking commission and city leaders. In 2013, the town surveyed community seniors asking what services and …

Hallandale Beach – An AARP Age-Friendly Community

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September 2016 The City of Hallandale Beach is the fifth Florida community to enter the AARP Age-Friendly Network and has been a leader in identifying needs to improve the health and wellbeing of those who live, work, learn, play and retire in its community. The city has been identified as a Healthy Community Zone through its work with the Broward Regional Health Planning Council’s Partnerships Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH). Through the collaboration between the city and BRHP, with active involvement …

St. Petersburg – An AARP Age-Friendly Community

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With nearly a third of its residents 55 and older, St. Petersburg is working to better address the needs of its aging population. It is the sixth community to enter the Age-Friendly Community Network. It promotes livability in eight areas: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services. St. Petersburg officials hope to integrate it with ongoing efforts such as Healthy St. Pete, …

Pinecrest – An AARP Age-Friendly Community

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September 2016 The Village of Pinecrest, located just north of fellow Age-Friendly Community Network member Cutler Bay, is the seventh community to join the network. It joined in July 2016. Village leaders are currently assessing what the timing for their community survey and evaluating current programming. At the Pinecrest Community Center there is Game Day, BINGO, movie day, trips out into the surrounding communities, and fitness classes. Resources are also provided by way of weekly blood pressure checks, scheduled lectures …

Sarasota County – An AARP Age-Friendly Community

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September 2016 Sarasota County, which has Florida’s highest percentage of residents 85 and older (4.8 percent), was the first Florida community to join the AARP network. It has completed its network mandate community survey “Everybody wants this to be a success” in making Sarasota an age-friendly community, said Kathy Black, a gerontology professor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. “Creating an age-friendly community will involve all of us to play a part: people, government, nonprofits and business.” Launched with …

Tallahassee – An AARP Age-Friendly Community

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September 2016 Older Tallahasseeans would like to see more home-repair services for lower-income or older adults, affordable home-health care options, more public transportation services and better job training for older adults, according to a new survey conducted by AARP and the City of Tallahassee as part of the joint AARP-Tallahassee Age-Friendly Community initiative. “A city that is truly livable is one that ‘fits’ people of every age,” said Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, an early supporter of the Age-Friendly Communities …

Home Insurance Scam Making Its Way Around Florida

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TALLAHASSEE – Homeowners beware! Unscrupulous contractors are conning residents into surrendering their home insurance policy claim rights and benefits. In the wake of Hurricane Hermine, these instances are sure to grow. Here’s how it works: 1) You get a contractor to agree to repair your home damage. 2) The dishonest contractor convinces you to transfer an Assignment of Benefit agreement in the contractor’s name. 3) The contractor then uses this to overcharge the insurance company and you lose all control …

Commercial Shoots Highlight the Florida Experience

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Working with AARP Florida as a volunteer, or even working with AARP as a staff member, can offer a lot of new experiences. Just ask volunteer Monica Stynchula or Associate State Director for Jacksonville Justine Conley. In early August, both found themselves acting in television commercials – standing under bright lights in front of video cameras, while a New York-based film director barked orders, production assistants scurried to bring them refreshments and makeup artists touched them up before their next high-definition …