Voluntourism: A New Way to See the World

Posted on 02/9/2016 by | AARP Florida | Comments

At AARP, we are all about real possibilities and helping you discover “What’s Next” in life. As older adults continue to break stereotypes and redefine aging, career and retirement in the second half of their lives, many turn to volunteering. One trend in particular that’s gaining momentum is voluntourism. Lynn Lotkowictz, 63, of St. Petersburg, is one of the many older adults who are reimagining their lives through voluntourism. “With me, it was how can I turn my hobby into …

AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROVIDING FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AND PREPARATION BEGINNING FEBRUARY 2016

Posted on 02/9/2016 by | AARP Florida | Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 9, 2016 Contact: Dave Bruns, dbruns@aarp.org AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROVIDING FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AND PREPARATION BEGINNING IN FEBRUARY 2016 Tallahassee, Fla. – This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low- to moderate- income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to the older population. You don’t need to be …

What the EDEKA Christmas Commercial says about our future

Posted on 02/8/2016 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Back around the holidays, you may have seen the Christmas commercial put out by the German grocer EDEKA – it’s gotten 46 million views to date, and it’s a bigger tear-jerker than even the holiday commercials put out by my home-state Publix.  If you haven’t seen it, grab a tissue, and watch it (it’s embedded below). Then I’ll tell you why I think it’s a dramatic illustration of three major issues we in America have to address together, and soon. …

Florida Seniors Take a Stand at the Capitol

Posted on 02/3/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TALLAHASSEE — Older adults from statewide gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday for Florida Senior Day where they met in person with lawmakers to learn about the issues affecting the 50+ in Florida. Participants visited informational booths to learn how products and services enable them to age independently. AARP Florida had a booth encouraging attendees to sign a pledge to ask all the presidential candidates to Take a Stand on Social Security.  One in five Floridians receive Social Security, and for …

Senior Day at the Capitol on Jan. 27

Posted on 01/11/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TALLAHASSEE – Want to learn about the top policy issues that will affect Florida’s aging population? Be sure to attend the 2016 Senior Day at the Capitol on Jan. 27. Attendees can participate in a town hall meeting with state leaders, go on a guided tour of the old and new capitol buildings, and visit more than 75 exhibitor booths. “Senior Day is the ideal opportunity for legislators to learn about the important issues that seniors, and their families, face every day, …

Press the Candidates on Social Security

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

It’s an election year, and for AARP Florida, that means pressing candidates to spell out how they would update Social Security to keep it strong for current and future beneficiaries. For only the third time in 40 years, retirees did not receive a cost-of-living adjustment for 2016. Inflation is down, due largely to the lower cost of gas, but retirees are facing higher medical costs, which are expected to continue to outpace inflation. One in 5 Floridians receive Social Security, …