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— A Florida AARP member has alerted the association to a new scam, in which a door-to-door sales representative pretending to be from AARP visited a Sunshine State manufactured-home park selling an electronic “medical alert system.” “AARP does not send salespeople to your door to sell electronic medical-alert systems or anything else,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP Florida state director. “If you encounter this scam artist, slam the door in his face. It’s a rip-off.” This week, AARP received an email from …

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— St. Petersburg, Fla. — Finding out how your state legislators voted in the 2017 Legislature just got easier with the release of AARP Florida’s sixth annual Legislative Voting Record. AARP Florida’s 2017 voting record contains detailed, vote-by-vote information on key legislation in the 2017 Florida Legislature. During the 2017 session, AARP alerted legislators that AARP would consider their votes on certain proposals to be key votes for the 2017 voting record. And because key legislative decisions often occur at several …

— Floridians, do you collect Social Security? A new scam is targeting YOU. How It Works: A scammer calls from a 323 area code, posing as a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee. In some instances, the scammer tells the victim he or she is due a cost-of-living adjustment increase in their Social Security benefit. The caller then tries to get the victim to “verify” their Social Security number, name, date of birth, parents’ name and other personal information.If the scammer succeeds, …

— The federal government grant scam has been around for years. But now, scammers are finding targets through social media. How It Works: You see posts from people on Facebook claiming they have been awarded tens of thousands of dollars in a grant from the federal government, and that you could be eligible, too. You call the listed phone number, give some personal information, and are told you qualify—all you have to do is send a money order or provide your …

— For 18 years, Ted Holum spent 45 weeks out of each year on cruise ships performing stand-up comedy. He saw the Greek Islands, China, Australia, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico and many more. Now, he just wants to be able to do one thing- stay put. “I got to see the whole world which was wonderful, but now it’s nice to sleep in my own bed,” said Holum, age 65. And now that he is better rested, he is seeking new …

— Fellow Floridians, IRS imposters are at their old game—but with a new twist. The IRS reports that this current scam is being reported across the country. How It Works: Scammers call taxpayers to claim the IRS has already mailed them two certified letters about an outstanding tax bill, but the letters were returned as undeliverable. The scammer threatens immediate arrest unless the tax bill is paid using a prepaid debit card. The scammer falsely contends that the prepaid debit card …

— By Susannah Nesmith Six months after Hurricane Matthew skirted the Florida coast last fall, Nancy Sikes-Kline was finally able to move out of her temporary apartment and into a house—but it wasn’t her house. “It’s taking much, much longer than any of us ever imagined” to put her life back together, said Sikes-Kline, 60, a land use consultant and St. Augustine city commissioner. “For older people, it’s particularly difficult because we don’t have time in our lives financially to recover. …

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— St. Petersburg, Fla. – America’s grayest state ranks a disappointing fourth from the bottom in the nation in meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state study. The Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard ranked Florida 46th among the 50 states on a detailed list of 23 specific indicators across five key dimensions on the report, issued by AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The …

— Summer is coming, and that means not only fun in the sun but hurricane season, as well. AARP Florida urges state residents to be prepared for devastating storms—and to remember that not all mishaps come from the weather itself. Falling tree limbs or ceilings, broken glass in standing water and mishandled generators all can cause injury or death. Be ready by having three days’ worth of supplies, including clean water, nonperishable food, medicines and any needs for your pet. Remember, …

— Budget Showed Progress But Too Many People Still Wait for Help Massive savings for utility ratepayers due to defeat of risky out-of-state natural-gas exploration and production bill; but Florida falls further behind on help for family caregivers. Florida consumers who get their electrical power from investor-owned utilities will save an estimated $3.75 billion to $22.5 billion over the next five to 30 years due to defeat of legislation that would have allowed some Florida electric companies to charge ratepayers in …