Come on Down: Should State Do More to Lure Retirees?

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Susannah Nesmith Terry and Cynthia Dove always expected to retire in Southern California, where they had lived for 30 years before moving home to Illinois late in their careers. Both of their children and their four grandchildren are still in California. Then Florida beckoned. “We did our pros and cons list,” said Terry, 65, a retired police chief. “The warm weather is obviously a big draw and the tax situation was beneficial.” What drew them to The Villages, a …

AARP Florida Working towards Safer Streets for Pedestrians

Posted on 05/22/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Advocacy When asked to imagine a traffic accident, most Americans imagine two cars colliding instead of a pedestrian and a vehicle. This lack of consideration for walkers is causing pedestrian fatalities to increase while overall traffic fatalities decrease. Nationally, in 2012, pedestrians accounted for 14 percent of all traffic deaths, up six percent from 2011. This is a particularly important issue in Florida because our state is home to the top four most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. According to “Dangerous …

Florida session a step forward for caregivers; not for ALF reform

Posted on 05/12/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Advocacy Tallahassee, Fla. – State lawmakers took positive steps in 2014 toward supporting families caring for frail loved ones, AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson said as lawmakers adjourned their regular session in early May. But the repeated failure of efforts to reform assisted living facility (ALF) regulation raises serious questions for Floridians of all ages, Johnson added. “After years of delay and maneuvering, AARP had hoped to see the Legislature enact needed reform of the assisted living facility in Florida …

AARP Florida: ‘Very disappointed’ that Legislature fails to adopt reform of assisted living facility oversight

Posted on 05/5/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Advocacy St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement today on the 2014 Legislature’s failure to adopt reform of the assisted-living industry in Florida at the end of the legislative session Friday: “After years of delay and maneuvering, AARP had hoped to see the Legislature enact needed reform of the assisted living facility in Florida in 2014.  Once again, reform failed.” “We are very disappointed.  Floridians 50+ have been asking for reform of assisted living …

AARP Florida: Positive steps mark 2014 legislative session; Some new funding, but thousands still waiting for services

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Advocacy Tallahassee, Fla. – State lawmakers took positive steps in 2014 toward supporting families caring for frail loved ones, AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson said Friday. “On behalf of our 2.7 million members statewide, we are glad to see that the Legislature made progress in supporting family caregivers,” Johnson said.  “But too many families will still be waiting for services even after this new funding.  Next year, Floridians 50+ expect the Legislature to do better.” On other fronts, Johnson noted …

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.