Saved by the Grace of God and Medicare!

Posted on 08/20/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Cathy Kerns Two weeks ago, news organizations across America carried encouraging news:  Medicare, the landmark government health insurance program for those 65 and older, is in stronger financial condition than it’s been for years.  The news came only two days after Medicare celebrated the 49th anniversary of its enactment, on July 30, 1965. Having recently turned 65, I am celebrating too.  Together with hundreds of thousands of other Central Florida residents, Medicare has made a big positive difference in …

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

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Join AARP Tallahassee for free brain-health event May 17

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

Health & Wellbeing Tallahassee, Fla.- Many Floridians 50+ know it’s important to exercise physically, but how many of us exercise our brains regularly? AARP Florida, The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and Florida State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are partnering to provide a free discussion on the aging brain, memory and brain health issues from 10 am to noon Saturday, May 17.  The event will take place at the Augustus B. TurnBull III Florida State Conference Center, 555 W. Pensacola Street. Staying …

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

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

Health & Wellbeing 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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Caregiver Expo Features AARP Expert Amy Goyer

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

Health & Wellbeing Author and nationally known AARP caregiving expert Amy Goyer will share her expertise in juggling work and caregiving as the closing speaker at Caregiver Expo 2014, on April 26 in Jacksonville. The annual event, organized by the Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida, is a day devoted to caregivers, featuring community exhibitors, educational sessions, door prizes, free health screenings and fun activities to help caregivers renew and rejuvenate their caregiving spirit. As an expert on multigenerational and aging issues, Goyer is …