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 …

Time to Plan and Prepare for the 2014 Hurricane Season

Posted on 05/27/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Local Resources As the 2014 hurricane season begins on June 1, AARP Florida is urging our nearly 3 million Florida members to prepare for this year’s season. Fortunately, it’s been seven years without a Category 5 hurricane in Florida. But the truth is, all Floridians, especially older adults, should be on their guard for a major storm. To help, we have compiled several hurricane-preparedness tips to consider that are specifically tailored to Floridians 50+: • Prepare to be self-sufficient for at least …

AARP Florida names Land O’Lakes chapter as Chapter of the Year

Posted on 01/23/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Local Resources AARP Florida Names Land O’ Lakes Chapter to Top Honor Land O’ Lakes, Fla – A Land O’ Lakes’ AARP chapter, Chapter No. 4764, has been chosen as Florida’s AARP Chapter of the Year, AARP Florida announced today. “AARP is grateful for the work of the Land O’Lakes Chapter and all Florida AARP chapters,” said AARP’s Florida state director, Jeff Johnson. “ They are great legacies of our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, and her motto ‘To serve and not …