Risk of Hunger Looms Over 1 in 6 Older Residents

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Susannah Nesmith Bernardo and Fabiola Hernandez went to Unidad of Miami Beach, a community-based service organization, looking for help. Fabiola, 70, clutched a folder of documents that showed she and her husband receive only $51 a month in food stamps. A printout listed their combined monthly Social Security benefits of just $1,317. But the most critical evidence of their need was their doctor’s warning: They were both anemic. “We only eat meat once a month,” said Bernardo, 73. “After …

AARP Florida: Fighting for you in the 2015 Legislative Session

Posted on 11/10/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Advocacy Improving state services that help you remain in your home as you grow older, battling against unfair utility rates and fighting for better state health services for Floridians 50+ are among the top areas AARP Florida will focus on in the 2015 state legislative session, the state’s top AARP leader said. “AARP fights to enhance the quality of life for the 50+ and their families.  In the upcoming 2015 legislative session, we will continue to deliver on this mission as …

Dolphins Team Up to Help Those in Need

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Floridians now have another reason to root for the Miami Dolphins: The NFL team is working with the AARP state office and AARP Foundation to help older South Floridians in need. The collaborative effort focuses on the foundation’s four priority issues—hunger, isolation, income and housing. Volunteers gather once a month on a Saturday, and quarterly for larger community service events. In September, AARP staff and volunteers teamed up with Dolphins fans to pack 1 million meals for hungry South Florida …

AARP: Use of Association’s Name, Logo in Florida 2nd Congressional District Political Ads Not Authorized

Posted on 10/22/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Advocacy   St. Petersburg, Fla. – Today, after learning of its name and logo appearing in campaign ads attacking Congressman Steve Southerland in the race for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, AARP Florida issued the following statement by State Director Jeff Johnson: “AARP Florida does not endorse candidates or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates,” Johnson said.  “AARP did not authorize the use of its name or logo in campaign ads paid for by a national organization and now running in …

Temas importantes para los votantes mayores

Posted on 10/9/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Por Tom Scherberger El electorado de Florida elegirá entre muchos candidatos en las elecciones del 4 de noviembre: a gobernador, vicegobernador y tres cargos en el gabinete; a los 120 escaños de la Cámara de Representantes estatal y 20 del Senado estatal; y los 27 escaños de la Cámara de Representantes de EE.UU. El resultado tendrá un efecto directo sobre problemas de importancia crucial para los adultos mayores de Florida. Ningún otro estado tiene mayor concentración de residentes de 65 …

Important Issues for Older Voters

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Tom Scherberger Florida voters will choose from a host of candidates in the Nov. 4 election: for governor, lieutenant governor and three Cabinet posts; for all 120 state House and 20 state Senate seats; and for all 27 U.S. House seats. The outcome will have a direct impact on issues of critical importance to older Floridians. No other state has a higher concentration of residents 65 and older—17.6 percent. Eckerd College political science professor Tony Brunello said he expects …