Gray is Gold:  Gaining 50+ residents would be good for Florida

Gray is Gold: Gaining 50+ residents would be good for Florida

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Florida | Money & Work St. Petersburg, Fla. – There’s no disputing that tourism is a huge Florida industry and adds immensely to the state’s economic health.  In fact, when Florida finally reaches the point where it attracts 100 million tourists per year, tourism will account for 122,000 Florida jobs. But Social Security alone contributes 738,000 jobs to Florida per year, not including all the other ways in which Florida’s 50+ population boosts Florida’s economy, its communities and its culture. You may hear such statistics regularly …

Excitement building for AARP-sponsored Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Excitement building for AARP-sponsored Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

About AARP | Events | Florida | Press Jacksonville, Fla. – Excitement is building as AARP and the City of Jacksonville finalize plans to offer great music, great fun and a wonderful, family-friendly event over Memorial Day weekend at the 32nd Jacksonville Jazz Festival May 22-26.  It’s the biggest in a series of fun, informational and educational events planned this year in Jacksonville. For the first time this year, AARP will be the presenting sponsor of the event.  Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson …

AARP Volunteer Ken Thomas

AARP Volunteer Leader Joins the Tuskegee Airmen

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Florida | Volunteering AARP Executive Council member Ken Thomas is giving back to the community and fulfilling a lifelong dream through his active membership in the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. The local chapter, located in Miami, is based on honoring the accomplishments of the first African-Americans who participated in the Army Air Corps during World War II. These Airmen were not only the first Black military aviators to fly for America; they were also one of the most successful escorting fighter groups in the …

AARP Florida Trains Leaders for Community Success

AARP Florida Trains Leaders for Community Success

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Florida | Volunteering Many  adults 50+, have dreams of leading their communities to greater heights, and for AARP Florida Executive Council member Larry Dixon, of Jacksonville, that dream became a reality when he graduated from AARP’s rigorous year-long training program, the Volunteer Leadership Institute. The institute was launched in 2012 by AARP’s Office of Volunteerism and Service, as an initiative to mobilize and motivate highly skilled AARP volunteers into becoming greater leaders, ultimately increasing AARP’s ability to influence and create positive change through …

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AARP Florida Report Profiles the Most Likely Victims of Online Fraud

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Florida | Press A new AARP study identifies an online victim profile based on 15 key behaviors and life experiences that increase a person’s vulnerability to online fraud. The report, “Caught in the Scammer’s Net,” a survey of 926 Florida adults finds that 2.7 million Internet users may be at increased risk of being victimized based on this new profile. The study, which compared victims and non-victims, finds that it is the combination of online behaviors and life experiences that put a person at …

More Money Needed for Community Care

More Money Needed for Community Care

Posted on 03/3/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Florida | Home & Family By Kathleen Haughney When Chris MacLellan’s partner, Richard Schiffer, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer two years ago, MacLellan became a full-time caregiver. “You don’t get a day off,” said MacLellan, 57, coordinator of senior services for Sunshine Services Inc. in Wilton Manors and a local activist known as the Bow-Tie Guy. Schiffer, 83, who died earlier this month reached the point where he  could not stay at home alone during the day. But the options for senior care in Florida …