Jacksonville man helps others drive better

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When Ron Carlberg commits to something, he’s in it for the long haul. He’s been married for 61 years.  He was a full-time minister for 40 years until he moved to Florida nearly 15 years ago. He’s also volunteered as an AARP Driver Safety instructor for the last 16 years. And he’s taught nearly 300 AARP safe-driving courses. The Smart Driver class, a flagship course of the Driving Safety Program, was created to help older drivers stay safe on the …

Redefining retirement with Life Reimagined and Encore Tampa Bay

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Boomers are constantly redefining what it means to retire. The closer they get to retirement age, the more they’re becoming entrepreneurs and enterprisers. Enter AARP’s Life Reimagined program. Life Reimagined was launched to address the unmet needs of millions seeking inspiration, information and guidance. Its goal is to help turn peoples’ goals and dreams into real possibilities through online and offline programs, experiences, resources and services that help people adapt to their new life phase and live their best lives. …

Helping families get news quicker

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  If you were in an accident and were unable to communicate afterward, how would your family find out?  What if it was your family member — a husband, wife,  child, mother or father?  According to national studies, it could take six hours for you to learn what had happened. Nobody understands that better than Bradenton, Fla., resident Christine Olson.  Olson has created a growing national movement to use modern technology to help emergency responders notify family members more quickly and …

AARP Foundation is stamping out hunger

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Hunger is a major issue facing many older Floridians. In 2012,about 22% of all Florida residents reported not having enough money to buy food in the last year, and about 7% of all older Floridians are at risk of hunger. That’s why AARP is involved in several initiatives to help feed the hungry. With programs like AARP’s Drive to End Hunger and No Mas Hambre and the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), AARP is trying to leave hunger in …

Florida Man Volunteers To Do Your Taxes

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Fred Bates of Orlando enjoys helping others. When he heard about AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program through a friend over ten years ago he was intrigued, and in 2003 he began training to become an AARP Tax-Aide Counselor. AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation program. In 2013, Tax-Aide helped prepare 220,000 returns for people in the Gulf Region alone, which serves Florida and Georgia. Bates has since become the program’s Regional Coordinator and …

10-17-2013 Tampa – Home Fit and CarFit Event

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10-17-13, TAMPA, FL – With the goal of keeping seniors safe on the roads and in their homes, experts staged training programs to provide older Americans tools to age in place. Older adult drivers lined up their vehicles at the Town ‘N Country Senior Center in Tampa to take part in CarFit, an innovative national program created by the San Francisco-based American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy …

AARP’s HomeFit and CarFit event to Take Place October 17th

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        Resource for Residents 50+ Who Want to Make Their Homes and Cars More Sustainable for the Coming Years TAMPA, FL – Join AARP FL in association with HomeFit and CarFit for an event to remember. Older homeowners and drivers will gain necessary skills to make their cars and homes more accessible. AARP has teamed up with HomeFit, CarFit, AAA, and the American Occupational Therapy Program to make this event possible. Older homeowners and drivers will be …

AARP Florida Recognizes Jacksonville Resident With Highest Award for Service to Others

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MEDIA ADVISORY Sept. 6, 2013 WHO:   AARP Florida, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, AARP State Director Jeff Johnson WHAT: The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service presentation and a special award to AARP Florida Jacksonville recipient. WHEN: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 TIME:    3-5 p.m. WHERE:  Lynwood Roberts Room                        Jacksonville City Hall                         117 W. Duval St.           …

Jacksonville woman wins top AARP Florida 2013 volunteer honor

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Volunteers age 50+ searching for an exemplary model of service and dedication need look no further than Jacksonville resident Mari Terbrueggen. Mari is the AARP Florida 2013 Andrus Award Winner. She has dedicated the past 13 years to serving the underprivileged elderly in the greater Jacksonville area. In 2000 she helped found Senior Life Foundation which has become a lifeline for older Jacksonville residents. Senior Life Foundation helps forestall evictions, pay utility bills, and purchase eye exams. The AARP Florida …

Assisting Older Pet Owners

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Many older Americans rely on their pets for companionship, and as time goes on, the bond between people and companion animals can become especially meaningful. Unfortunately, when there’s one too many mouths to feed, older pet owners who are struggling financially can be tempted to make a huge sacrifice.  When the option is either to feed their pets or feed themselves, some choose their furry family members. Now a new Florida nonprofit organization  is stepping in to provide assistance to …