Boom Into 2015 with AARP Tallahassee

Posted on 12/10/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Local Resources By the time you turn 50, you know a lot about the world. But when it comes to retirement planning and life at 50+, you’re only just now stepping into a new phase that changes everything. While this new phase comes with incredible opportunities, it can also involve some onerous challenges that may require some help. To answer all of the important questions and hear your stories and concerns, AARP Tallahassee is proud to announce the 2015 Boomer Academy series. …

Risk of Hunger Looms Over 1 in 6 Older Residents

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

Local Resources 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 …

Tis the season to be jolly and to stay alert!

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Local Resources The holiday season is just around the corner, and for scammers this means open season. To help you and your loved ones stay protected, AARP has compiled a short list of a few holiday scams you should be wary of. 1) Gift card gotchas Beware of gift cards from display racks. Thieves are known to take these cards, copy the code that’s underneath the scratch-off strip, place the cards back on the rack and wait for them to be purchased. …

Dolphins Team Up to Help Those in Need

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

Local Resources 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 …

Not All Cancers are Pink

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Local Resources According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 20,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010 making it the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death in America. Yet, many cases of ovarian cancer are undetected until it has spread and is difficult to treat. Fortunately, detecting the cancer in its early stages can yield a survival rate of more than 93 percent. Because September is National Ovarian …

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

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

Local Resources 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 …