AARP, local nonprofits join forces to help make the ‘Burg a more livable place at any age

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  St. Petersburg, Fla. – An overwhelming 89 percent of St. Petersburg residents think their city is a good place to live as they grow older, a new survey by AARP Florida reveals. But there are aspects of living longer in St. Petersburg that could be better, and a new city initiative launching Feb. 11 – part of a global movement to prepare for longer lifespans — aims to identify and improve those areas. The survey, conducted in 2016, is …

AARP Florida: Proposed Gulf Power Rate Increase Request Is ‘Outrageous’; Raise Your Voice to FL Regulators

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St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement urging AARP members and other consumers in the Panhandle to raise their voices on a proposed $106.8 million Gulf Power Co. rate increase. “AARP believes this proposed rate increase asks too much of residential ratepayers,” Johnson said.  The Gulf Power proposal would increase the fixed charge portion of bill, he noted, which is the amount that ratepayers pay regardless of whether they use any electricity. “That …

AARP Florida Launches Campaign to Protect Medicare

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  St. PETERSBURG, FLA. — AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Floridians who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Over the next few weeks, AARP staff and volunteers will meet with members of Congress to underscore the importance of Medicare to Florida’s beneficiaries and the workers who currently pay in to the program. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher …

AARP volunteers gear up to help Floridians 50+ with annual tax chore

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About 3,000 AARP volunteers, some of whom have served for decades, are gearing up to open more than 300 sites in churches, community halls, libraries and other sites across Florida in the coming days to help Floridians age 50-plus fulfill their annual federal income-tax obligation. For more information on documents to bring to the tax site or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. …

AARP FL pleased to have Social Security discussed at Broward Senate Debate

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AARP Florida News  For Immediate Release Oct 26, 2016 Media Contact: Victoria Funes, vfunes@aarp.org AARP FL is pleased to have Social Security discussed at last night’s senate debate at Broward Community College. Davie, Fla. — AARP’s Florida state director, Jeff Johnson, issued the following statement after last night’s  “Decision 2016:  Before You Vote” debates sponsored by Leadership Florida, Florida Press Association, AARP and other organizations: “Social Security is a critical issue in Florida and we’re glad the debate moderators asked …

AARP & Uber Bring Innovative Transportation Options to Age-Friendly Communities

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Technology and new services can help make our communities more livable for people of any age – including innovations like ride-sharing businesses that offer not only new mobility options for older people but also a way to supplement incomes. That’s what aging experts shared recently with 80 Sarasota residents at a recent roundtable. Currently available in more than 66 countries and 507 cities worldwide, Uber is an U.S-based multinational company that specializes in providing unique transportation services through their mobile app. Working with …

AARP Florida, Florida League of Women Voters, Orlando Sentinel and FOX35 Sponsor ‘Community Conversation’ for Candidates

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AARP Florida News For Immediate Release Aug. 1, 2016 Media Contact: Victoria Funes, (305) 775-6944, vfunes@aarp.org   Who Will Represent You in Washington?  AARP Florida, Florida League of Women Voters, Orlando Sentinel and FOX35 Sponsor ‘Community Conversation’ for Candidates Candidates for Three Orlando-Area Congressional Seats Invited To Appear On One Stage to Discuss Key Issues for Voters Ahead of Aug. 30 Primary Election Orlando, Fla. — AARP Florida, the Florida League of Women Voters, the Orlando Sentinel and FOX35 will …

AARP and the City of Tallahassee Announced Release of Age Friendly Communities Survey

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – 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 …

Candidates, Media and Voters Need to Focus on Social Security’s Future

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By Jeff Johnson When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked GOP presidential candidates to explain their plans to strengthen Social Security in the Florida presidential debate March 10, many older Floridians took notice. But younger Floridians often think Social Security is irrelevant to them. More than half of 18-29 year-olds, 65 percent of 30-49 year-olds and about half of all Americans say Social Security won’t be there for them in later life, according to a 2015 AARP poll. Wrong. Social Security will …

AARP FL seeks nominees for 2016 Andrus Award

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Do you know a volunteer age 50+ who is using his or her skills and experience to make a significant difference in your community? Honor his or her dedication, commitment, and creativity with a nomination for the 2016 AARP Florida Andrus Award for Community Service — AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding Floridians age 50+ who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways …