Learn How to Avoid Scams

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Per capita, Florida leads the nation in identity theft.  AARP Florida is working with community groups to inform taxpayers about how to avoid tax-return theft. People in any state and of any age can turn to the AARP Fraud Watch Network to learn about scams emerging close to home and how to fight back. To sign up for watchdog alerts, go to aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork.

More Money Needed for Community Care

More Money Needed for Community Care

Posted on 03/3/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Kathleen Haughney When Chris MacLellan’s partner, Richard Schiffer, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer two years ago, MacLellan became a full-time caregiver. “You don’t get a day off,” said MacLellan, 57, coordinator of senior services for Sunshine Services Inc. in Wilton Manors and a local activist known as the Bow-Tie Guy. Schiffer, 83, who died earlier this month reached the point where he  could not stay at home alone during the day. But the options for senior care in Florida …

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community,  But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community, But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP From the tragic 1955 death of Emmett Till to the Montgomery bus boycott to civil rights battles of the 1960s and even to the issues of unequal justice in 2014, civil rights leaders say the Black Church has remained a headquarters for healing, rejuvenation and planning. “It remains our oasis in the desert. It remains our spiritual reservoir. It remains the most independent organization controlled by Black people. It even …

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Posted on 02/17/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP If the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom had used Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Instagram and other social media to draw people to Washington, D.C., what would have been different about that great gathering on the Mall of the U. S Capital? That question kicked off a Martin Luther King holiday forum discussion that grew from what could have happened with social media to ways that …

Leadership Principles of Civil Rights Leaders Offer Guidelines for the Future

Leadership Principles of Civil Rights Leaders Offer Guidelines for the Future

Posted on 02/10/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP When AARP CEO A. Barry Rand and his wife met the revered South Africa President Nelson Mandela in 1994, the first thing that Dr. Rand said he noticed about his demeanor was the “quiet dignity” that he exuded. In a statement upon his death, Rand also described the beloved Madiba’s “strong conviction, inspiring confidence, the wisdom of his years and experiences, and a strong moral character.” Dr. Rand concluded, “He …

Volunteering Has its Rewards

Volunteering Has its Rewards

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP member Patricia Glover of Fort Lauderdale knows that women released from prison often face another set of restrictions outside: lack of education, job training and social support. That’s why she started LEAP (Ladies Empowerment and Action Program), a reentry program that helps these women become small-business entrepreneurs. Glover, 59, is now part of a group of volunteers awarded a week-long Caribbean cruise, courtesy of the Cabot Community Celebrity Award program. Glover was nominated by AARP Create the Good. Interested …