— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 10, 2017 CONTACT: Dave Bruns dbruns@aarp.org 850.577.5161 Efforts to make streets and roads safer are growing, but most recent report finds Florida has eight of 10 most dangerous metro areas for pedestrians  St. Petersburg, Fla. – Efforts to improve Florida’s livability are growing, but the Sunshine State still ranked as the nation’s deadliest state for pedestrians, with eight out of the 10 most dangerous metro areas for pedestrians to be found in Florida, according to a new …

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— TALLAHASSEE — AARP Florida has honored six Florida state legislators with its “Capitol Caregiver” award for their work in the 2016 Florida legislative session on helping to ease Florida’s nursing shortage, establishing a state commission to study emerging opportunities in using telecommunications technology to deliver health and long-term care services, allowing advanced registered nurse practitioners and licensed physician assistants to prescribe medicines, and improving oversight of professional guardians. The legislators honored were: Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, for sponsoring the Senate version …

— Tallahassee, Fla. — More than 700 older Big Bend residents can rest a little easier in 2017, thanks to a $5,000 grant provided by AARP Florida to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend. “We’re delighted to work with Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend to support the Senior Grocery Program, which provides food packages to older residents of the Big Bend region through a series of partnerships,” said Leslie Spencer, associate state director for advocacy …

— Florida’s population has the highest percentage of retirees, and nearly a fifth of Floridians are 65 or older. Cities, towns and rural areas across the state are responding by joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The designation entails a commitment to making the community a livable place for people to work, play and age. Goals include ensuring the community is safe and secure, has affordable housing and transportation options, provides easy access to health facilities and offers supportive services. …

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— Gird you pocketbooks, Floridians. Prices for the brand name drugs you use most are sharply escalating and show no signs of stopping. According to the new AARP Rx Price Watch Report, the cost of the nation’s most widely used prescription medication rose by an average of 15.5 percent in 2015 – nearly 130 times faster than the .1 percent general inflation rate. The average annual cost for one brand name drug used on a chronic basis now exceeds $5,800, the …

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— Florida strives to be a national trendsetter for many things but not this: The Sunshine State No. 1 in tax identity theft and fraud nationwide. Most targets are older residents who are unaware that they have been swindled. “We are working with the IRS to do everything we can to help retirees and all AARP members in Florida protect their identity from the dangers of theft,” said Victoria Funes, AARP Florida Associate State Director, during a co-sponsored press conference with …

— Los empresarios en el creciente campo de la prestación de cuidados pueden afinar sus ideas y modelos de negocio con un curso de 18 horas diseñado específicamente para ellos. Las clases de Caregiver Accelerator en Tampa Bay son parte de la ampliación del enfoque de AARP para asistir a aquellos que necesitan cuidados y a los encargados de proporcionarlos. Danielle Callahan, una de los dos capacitadores que dirigen las clases, señaló que la interacción en grupo y el tamaño limitado …

— By Michelle Cerulli McAdams Tom Hirsch, an AARP volunteer in Palm Harbor, recalled how his late mother’s failing eyesight contributed to her diminishing ability to drive. Hirsch, 69, said he wishes he had known about the AARP Smart Driver and We Need to Talk programs at the time. They could have helped prepare him for tough conversations with his mother about giving up her car keys. Now he is an instructor for both programs in Florida. The Smart Driver program …

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— Utility Monopoly Gets Unanimous  OK From Government Panel for Unwarranted Rate Increase Media contact: Dave Bruns, 850.228.2759 or dbruns@aarp.org TALLAHASSEE – AARP Florida’s state director, Jeff Johnson, issued the following statement today after the Florida Public Service Commission granted Florida Power & Light (FPL) an increase in its base rates, which guarantees the utility’s shareholders an unreasonably high profit at the expense of residential customers. Today’s decision sets the precedent for other publicly owned utility companies to ask for unwarranted …

— Tallahassee, Fla. – AARP Associate State Director Colleen Krepstekies, an officer in the Florida National Guard, has been promoted to major after years of service on active duty with the U.S. Army and a return to service for the Florida National Guard. Krepstekies, 44, was recognized this week at the Florida Governor’s Mansion by friends and former colleagues from the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (FDVA).  In a brief ceremony at the mansion Wednesday,  Lt. Col. Glenn Sutphin,  U.S. Army …