Hurricane Prep for Older Residents

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Although it’s been nine years without a Category 5 hurricane in Florida, many smaller storms can still cause a lot of damage. Older adults are especially at risk during this period. To help, we have compiled several hurricane-preparedness tips to consider that are specifically tailored to Floridians 50-plus. Prepare to be self-sufficient for at least three days.  While government responders will work hard to respond to a major disaster, it will take time to deliver supplies.  You should be able …

Florida Social Media Accounts to Follow for Hurricane Information

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We in Florida are certainly no strangers to hurricanes. To help, we’ve developed this primer for our fellow Floridians on who to follow on social media and state web pages you need to know to prepare and react when a hurricane hits your area. Here are two resources all Floridans should have: •  Alert all family members outside of Florida or your area that should an event occur, you’ll use the Red Cross’ Safe & Well portal. (Also note: It’s …

AARP Members Say FPL Rate Hike Jeopardizes Florida Elders on Fixed Incomes

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As PSC Technical Hearings Start, 50-plus Floridians Underscore Rising Costs of Medication, Housing, Food Have Them Already Struggling FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 22, 2016 Media Contact: Dave Bruns o: 850-577-5161; m: 850-228-2759; e: dbruns@aarp.org TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — AARP Florida members and leaders said Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) proposed $1.34 billion base rate increase jeopardizes the finances of Floridians 50+, as the state Public Service Commission (PSC) begins two week of technical hearings to determine if the 23-percent hike is needed. “Each …

AARP Florida volunteers unite to “Disrupt Aging”

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Former English teacher Margery Marcus is embarking on a new journey as she takes the idea of a recurring book club into new territory by giving it an added intention: tackling ageism. Marcus’s journey is inspired by AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins’s call to action in her newly published book Disrupt Aging, which encourages people 50+ to live boldly and to reframe the dialog of aging. Doing just that, Marcus and her book club friends have converged at Northwest Focal …

Who Stands with AARP Florida In Opposing Florida Power & Light $1.34 Billion Rate Hike: Business, Environmentalists and More

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TALLAHASSEE – Earlier this year, AARP Florida petitioned and was granted permission to be a formal intervener in Florida Power & Light’s $1.34 billion base rate increase request before the Florida Public Service Commission. AARP believes this increase is without merit and unjustified, as the utility company is on track to make $1.6 billion in 2017 without the increase. But some might be surprised by who agrees with AARP: Walmart, the Sierra Club, the Florida Retail Federation, the Florida Industrial …

FPL Rate Hike Not Needed to Serve You, It’s About Corporate Profit

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You Still Have Time to Take Action! Throughout June, AARP Florida attended nine statewide Public Service Commission (PSC) hearings to refute Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) request for a $1.34 billion increase in base rates. Know these two facts about FPL’s request: $960 million of FPL’s rate increase will go into FPL investors’ pockets. None of those funds will go to service enhancements, disaster preparedness, or energy innovation. According to their own filing with the PSC, FPL is on target …

AARP Florida Says FPL Rate Increase is Not Sufficiently Justified, Files Petitions from 7,000 Ratepayers

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For Immediate Release June 29, 2016 Media Contact: Jessyca Sosa, 954.646.4584, jsosa@aarp.org Miami, Fla. — AARP Florida today said that Florida Power & Light’s request of up to 12.5 percent return on investment is more about increasing the company’s profitability than FPL providing ratepayers with safe, adequate and reliable service. “AARP believes Florida Power & Light (FPL) is already making a large corporate profit,” said Zayne Smith, AARP Florida Associate State Director for Advocacy. “The facts don’t justify asking consumers …

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

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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

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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

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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 …