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, …

Ready for Your Encore? Event Offers Help

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

Tampa Bay boomers who want to go from thinking about changing their lives or careers to actually doing it shouldn’t miss Encore Connect: Your Roadmap to What’s Next. AARP is sponsoring the Encore Tampa Bay event Wednesday, March 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Student Center at USF St. Petersburg. A successful 2014 town hall introduced the concept. “This year, what we want to do with Encore Connect is to take it to that next level,” said Encore …

‘Tis the Season to Be Social Media Savvy

Posted on 12/21/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Tallahasseeans, here’s your chance to get social media savvy. Learn how to connect with your children and grandchildren on Facebook, Twitter, email and other digital communication pathways. The Tallahassee Senior Center will hold a series of classes to help older adults connect with friends and family through social communication … and they’re free! These classes are part of a research effort by Jaclyn Williams, a doctoral candidate at the Florida State University College of Social Work. Jaclyn’s research focuses on …