Reimagine Your Life at Boomer Checkup

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family For most of your adult life, you were focusing on your career, kids, marriage, mortgage and other significant matters. Now you may be asking “what-next” questions such as: Retire or keep working? Keep the house or get a condo? Start a business? Learn a new skill? Start volunteering? How will I stay busy? Will the money last? These are the kinds of subjects you can explore at the AARP Life Reimagined “Checkup,” which is coming to Jacksonville June 16. Aimed …

Keep Your Home: Dealing with Foreclosure Risk

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family In the state with the highest foreclosure rate in the nation, AARP Florida and AARP Foundation are reaching out to more than 180,000 homeowners age 50-plus who are at risk of foreclosure. Bilingual call specialists at the foundation’s Housing Solutions Center can put homeowners in touch with HUD-certified counselors for practical advice. The center also provides information on scams related to foreclosure prevention and loan modifications. About 111,000 Floridians lost homes to foreclosure in 2013. Seriously delinquent mortgages among Floridians …

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

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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 …

Honk If You Hear Me! Three Tips on Hearing and Driving

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

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee Honking horns, emergency vehicle sirens and engines: what do all of these sounds have in common? You need to hear all of them while driving. Safe driving relies on good vision and good hearing. Our ability to hear something before we see it helps us respond more quickly to potential danger. But over time, our hearing may diminish and we might start to miss cues that we used to hear. According to the National Institutes of …