— 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 …

— By Tom Scherberger A Naval Academy graduate, Ken Reinhardt spent four years in the Navy before working in the airline and manufacturing industries as an engineering and production manager. “I left active duty in 1967, and for years I wasn’t eligible for VA benefits,” Reinhardt said. “At an AARP event in Orlando in 2010, the gentleman at a VA booth encouraged me to apply again and, lo and behold, I was deemed eligible. I use the VA for an annual …

— March 2017 Nestled north of Orlando, off the I-4, the city of Longwood has been steadily coordinating its efforts toward creating an age-friendly community for its 14,000 residents, of which roughly 21 percent after older than 60 years old. The city currently has in place a slate of social programs — senior matinee, painting courses and fitness classes — but also runs the RuOK Program, which provides assistance and resources to its more vulnerable, elder residents. This visitation and emergency planning …

— March 2017 Nestled north of Orlando, off the I-4, the city of Longwood has been steadily coordinating its efforts toward creating an age-friendly community for its 14,000 residents, of which roughly 21 percent after older than 60 years old. The city currently has in place a slate of social programs — senior matinee, painting courses and fitness classes — but also runs the RuOK Program, which provides assistance and resources to its more vulnerable, elder residents. This visitation and emergency planning …

— March 2017 Of course a community that offers options like tennis, aquatics, shuffleboard, monthly food truck rallies, senior ballroom dancing would be a member of AARP’s Age-Friendly Network. Not only does Lakeland, which touts designations as a bike- and walk-friendly community, has these robust activities to keep their older population on-the-go, but they also offer a plethora of meal services for seniors who are more homebound. Meals and Wheels, VISTE Deliveries and food banks provided by churches offer services communitywide. …

— Of course a community that offers options like tennis, aquatics, shuffleboard, monthly food truck rallies, senior ballroom dancing would be a member of AARP’s Age-Friendly Network. Not only does Lakeland, which touts designations as a bike- and walk-friendly community, has these robust activities to keep their older population on-the-go, but they also offer a plethora of meal services for seniors who are more homebound. Meals and Wheels, VISTE Deliveries and food banks provided by churches offer services communitywide. The city …

— This small, scenic Atlantic Coast town, often looked over for another tinsel-towny city on the, offers something better than movie stars. Known for its picturesque boardwalk and dreamy beaches, the city of Hollywood, Fla., offers a hefty dose of indoor and outdoor activities that allow its 50+ population to flourish. The city boasts targeted recreational outlets that fosters socialization among its older residents and a fellowships what has cut down on loneliness and depression among its citizens. It offers an …

— March 2017 The city of Fort Lauderdale has a variety of amenities that make it a perfect qualifier for AARP’s Age-Friendly Community Network. The city parks and recreation department oversees programs that benefit and involve teens, youth, adults and seniors. The city plans to continue their advancements in their age-friendly setup by continuing conversations with Club 55, a local group that talks about what they believe to be the four main aspects of age-friendly life: social participation, respect and social inclusion, …

— March 2017 The city of Fort Lauderdale has a variety of amenities that make it a perfect qualifier for AARP’s Age-Friendly Community Network. The city parks and recreation department oversees programs that benefit and involve teens, youth, adults and seniors. The city plans to continue their advancements in their age-friendly setup by continuing conversations with Club 55, a local group that talks about what they believe to be the four main aspects of age-friendly life: social participation, respect and social inclusion, …