AARP Florida: Put Gov. Scott’s nursing-home order into state law, require post-storm inspections

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-22T16:02:45+00:00">September 22, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-28T17:09:07+00:00">September 28, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

As Floridians regroup from Hurricane Irma, it is clear that the state’s system for protecting frail older residents failed after Hurricane Irma. Ten people died in a tragic chain of miscommunication and inexplicable failure to act after a Broward County rehabilitation center lost cooling for more than 150 residents for three days during Hurricane Irma. Astonishingly, a fully functional hospital, where air conditioning was available, was right across the street. “Florida’s frail elders have spent lifetimes raising families and building …

You lost power in the storm. Do you have to throw out all your food?

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-20T13:19:05+00:00">September 20, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-25T11:20:27+00:00">September 25, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

Power outages and flood water during crises like Hurricane Irma can quickly destroy food and medication. However, these essentials do not always need disposed of after a storm hits. It is important to note that food and medication should be disposed of if they have touched flood water, which contains contaminants that may cause illness. This rule also applies to nonmetal dishes, utensils and other kitchen supplies. Even foods that have been commercially sealed for long-term, unrefrigerated storage in an …

Need Help After a Florida Disaster? Here Are Some Places to Start

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-18T15:14:01+00:00">September 18, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-03T13:23:53+00:00">October 3, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

The 2017 hurricane season has been tough for all Floridians – and it’s not over yet. For Floridians age 50-plus, for family caregivers and for Florida communities, there have been challenges to overcome from Key West to Fernandina Beach, and just about everywhere in between. For most Floridians, Hurricane Irma is a bad memory. The power is back on in most cities and towns, flooding has subsided and cleanup of storm debris is under way or even partly complete. But …

AARP Florida: Thorough review needed of hurricane protections for frail elders, family caregivers

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-13T18:18:53+00:00">September 13, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-14T08:59:04+00:00">September 14, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

In the wake of multiple deaths of frail older people after Hurricane Irma, AARP Florida called Wednesday for a thorough review of state and local emergency management procedures, state law and state funding for frail older Floridians, those living with disabilities and family caregivers. “Every major hurricane teaches us lessons,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP’s Florida state director. “After Hurricane Andrew, Florida responded with stronger building codes. Hurricane Irma also will teach us tragic lessons. Some lessons have already begun to …

Get your power back! But be careful with generators

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-06T16:30:22+00:00">September 6, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-05T12:26:36+00:00">October 5, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

A portable or “whole-house” electrical generator can be a big help after a hurricane. But AARP’s Florida state director urged Floridians to take care when using electrical power generators for backup power during power outages, citing as many as 10 deaths across the state in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Three died in a home near Daytona Beach and another four were rushed to a nearby hospital, according to news reports. One man was found dead in his home in …

AARP Florida Issues In-Depth Voting Record on State Legislators’ 2017 Votes

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-07-28T11:29:16+00:00">July 28, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-07-28T13:36:12+00:00">July 28, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Finding out how your state legislators voted in the 2017 Legislature just got easier with the release of AARP Florida’s sixth annual Legislative Voting Record. AARP Florida’s 2017 voting record contains detailed, vote-by-vote information on key legislation in the 2017 Florida Legislature. During the 2017 session, AARP alerted legislators that AARP would consider their votes on certain proposals to be key votes for the 2017 voting record. And because key legislative decisions often occur at several …

AARP: Florida Ranks Fourth From Bottom in Nation For Serving Family Caregivers, Frail Elders and Disabled

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-06-14T09:58:22+00:00">June 14, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-06-21T11:49:23+00:00">June 21, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

St. Petersburg, Fla. – America’s grayest state ranks a disappointing fourth from the bottom in the nation in meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state study. The Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard ranked Florida 46th among the 50 states on a detailed list of 23 specific indicators across five key dimensions on the report, issued by AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The …

Floridians 50+ Score Big Win in 2017 Session

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-05-08T14:03:55+00:00">May 8, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-06-21T11:11:15+00:00">June 21, 2017</time> by AARP Florida

Budget Showed Progress But Too Many People Still Wait for Help Massive savings for utility ratepayers due to defeat of risky out-of-state natural-gas exploration and production bill; but Florida falls further behind on help for family caregivers. Florida consumers who get their electrical power from investor-owned utilities will save an estimated $3.75 billion to $22.5 billion over the next five to 30 years due to defeat of legislation that would have allowed some Florida electric companies to charge ratepayers in …

AARP Florida volunteers played key role in protecting Medicare, stopping harmful Age Tax health-care plan

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-04-05T12:54:53+00:00">April 5, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-04-05T13:33:50+00:00">April 5, 2017</time> by AARP Florida

In the short span of just three weeks, AARP Florida volunteers’ combined efforts helped defeat a plan in the U.S. Congress that would have weakened Medicare and cost older Americans thousands more every year, AARP’s Florida state director, Jeff Johnson, said. Since the introduction of the American Health Care Act, AARP Florida volunteers made phone calls, wrote letters, utilized social media and made videos to let congressional leaders know that they won’t be taken advantage of, said Johnson. “You stood …

AARP Florida: We’re Disappointed in House Vote AARP Florida: We’re Disappointed in House Vote To Charge Florida Electric Ratepayers for Out-of-State Natural Gas Projects

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-03-28T15:04:51+00:00">March 28, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-03-28T15:32:35+00:00">March 28, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>4 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida Advocacy Manager Jack McRay said AARP is disappointed in a 9-6 House committee vote Tuesday to allow Florida investor-owned utilities to shift the cost of out-of-state natural-gas exploration and development projects to ratepayers, while simultaneously collecting a return for itself on ratepayer-funded costs. The House Energy and Utilities subcommittee voted Tuesday to approve House Bill 1043 by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, in a subcommittee meeting held specifically to consider the legislation, just ahead of …