2015 Legislature: Guide to Key Votes

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Voters Florida’s 2015 legislative session is over, and the votes are in. AARP Florida kept watch and has produced a guide showing how lawmakers voted on key issues affecting Floridians age 50-plus. Highlights include assisted-living reform to increase consumer protections and regulatory oversight of such facilities. The legislature also passed an AARP-supported law requiring hospitals to notify patients in their discharge papers if their hospitalization was classified as an observation stay or an inpatient admission. This is vital because a patient …

Tallahassee Joins AARP’s Age-Friendly Communities Network

Posted on 08/19/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Livable Communities TALLAHASSEE – The city of Tallahassee today became the second Florida city to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities program encourages states, cities, towns and rural areas to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Sarasota joined the network in February. “We look forward to working with the city of Tallahassee …

AARP Florida: Check Your Legislators’ 2015 Votes

Posted on 08/3/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Press | Voters Do you know how your state legislators voted in the 2015 session on key issues that affect Floridians 50-plus? AARP Florida’s 2015 voting record report contains detailed, vote-by-vote information on assisted living facility reform, guardianship proceedings, utilities regulation, and other important issues. “To hold your state House or Senate members accountable, you need to know how they voted on key issues. AARP Florida offers its legislative voting record to make it easier for you to learn how your legislators voted,” …

July is Heat Awareness Month at AARP Florida

Posted on 07/27/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Livable Communities | Local Resources While it is not news that Florida is especially hot in the summer, it might be news to some that around 7,000 people die in the U.S. from heatstroke, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians. With 80 percent of heatstroke patients being older than 50, it is especially important for older adults to stay cool in the summer. AARP Florida has put together a list of resources and tips on how to beat the heat, stay prepared throughout …

Florida’s 2.67M Family Caregivers Provided $29.7B in Free Care in 2013

Posted on 07/16/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Caregiving TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Family caregivers nationwide provided more than 37 billion hours of care to their parents, spouses, partners and loved ones in 2013, worth an estimated $470 billion, a report released today by the AARP Public Policy Institute states. Out of Florida’s 19 million residents, 2.67 million caregivers provided 2.49 billion hours of care to adults with limited capacity to successfully handle with activities for daily living, according to the report. The economic value is $11.93 per hour, which totals …

Florida Congresswoman Kathy Castor Discusses Family Caregiving During AARP Forum on Capitol Hill

Posted on 07/10/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Caregiving | Press | Volunteering | Voters WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, joined leaders from the employer, health care, venture funding, entrepreneurial, and consumer advocacy communities today for a discussion on the challenges facing—and potential solutions for—the 40 million Americans who provide care for their parents, spouses/partners, and other loved ones. The “Forum on Family Caregiving: Perspectives from Policymakers and Thought Leaders” was convened by AARP as part of its ongoing work to support family caregivers. “Just a few years …