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Florida Power & Light (FPL) is asking the state Public Service Commission for a $1.34 billion increase in electric rates. AARP believes the level of this proposed rate increase isn’t justified. FPL is already earning more than 9 percent returns in a business that is protected from competition by state law. Now they want returns of 11.5 percent. Meanwhile, many Florida residential ratepayers struggle to earn 2 percent on their savings and investments. For consumers, the proposed rate increase means …

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By: PAMELA HOLT, City of Milton PIO and Director of Marketing Walk into the Guy Thompson Community Center on any given weekday morning and you’ll be greeted with a smile from Joe Paschal, senior citizens coordinator for the city of Milton. “How are you today?” Paschal asks a participant as she walks through the door. He’s busy attending to the needs of the seniors arriving at the center to join in the Tai Chi or yoga classes. It’s clear he enjoys interacting …

By Jeff Johnson When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked GOP presidential candidates to explain their plans to strengthen Social Security in the Florida presidential debate March 10, many older Floridians took notice. But younger Floridians often think Social Security is irrelevant to them. More than half of 18-29 year-olds, 65 percent of 30-49 year-olds and about half of all Americans say Social Security won’t be there for them in later life, according to a 2015 AARP poll. Wrong. Social Security will …

Ken Reinhardt supports projects like the ArtWalk in his town of Coral Springs. Photo by Joshua Prezant.

By Veronica Zaragovia Ken Reinhardt recently visited Mayor Joy Cooper in her Hallandale Beach City Hall office and gave her some tips on making the town more livable. “The secret is to get partners. It’s not about redesigning highways,” said Reinhardt, adding that it doesn’t take millions of dollars or major projects to make a community age-friendly. For example, he suggested that Zumba, whose national headquarters is in Hallandale Beach, could be a partner in promoting fitness for older adults. …

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Do you know a volunteer age 50+ who is using his or her skills and experience to make a significant difference in your community? Honor his or her dedication, commitment, and creativity with a nomination for the 2016 AARP Florida Andrus Award for Community Service — AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding Floridians age 50+ who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways …

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Contact: Jessyca Sosa 786.804.4509 o 954.646.4584 c jsosa@aarp.org Dave Bruns 850.577.5161 o 850.228.2759 c dbruns@aarp.org St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida state director, Jeff Johnson, announced today that AARP Florida has filed a request to formally intervene in a Florida Power & Light (FPL) $1.34-billion proposed rate increase case before the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), urging the PSC to reject the proposed increase as too costly for consumers. “On behalf of AARP’s 2.8 million members across the state, as …

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For the past two years, AARP Florida has sponsored the Jacksonville Jazz Festival with tremendous success. This year, we’re upping the ante. May we present to you: A Week in Jax With AARP Beginning Saturday, May 21 culminating with the AARP Block party and fabulous concerts at the Jazz Festival May 27-29. Here’s what’s going on (break out your calendar, you’re going to want to mark down a few things.)   SATURDAY | MAY 21 AARP UNIVERSITY YOUR HEALTH, WEALTH …

Are you a passionate, strategic thinker with outstanding leadership qualities and the ability to motivate and inspire others? If so, we want you! AARP Florida is conducting a statewide search for the position of State President. This is a high-level volunteer position that offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to utilize your considerable skills and experience to make a positive difference in the lives of Florida residents age 50+. Your mission is to partner with the State Director and in collaboration with …

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The AARP Foundation is partnering with the Miami Dolphins to fight hunger in South Florida by providing meals for older adults. About one in 10 Floridians age 40-plus are at risk of hunger, with much higher rates among people living with disabilities, minority groups or the widowed, divorced or separated. So AARP Foundation is teaming up with the Miami Dolphins to fight senior hunger in South Florida. On May 1, AARP Foundation  will partner with the Miami Dolphins for the …

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – AARP has named a retired Boca Raton aviation leader and volunteer activist to a role representing the interests of tens of thousands of AARP volunteers in America’s seven largest states. Kenneth “Ken” Thomas, 62, will serve as Regional Volunteer Director for the AARP Mega-States region. He will be the top-ranking volunteer leader in this region. The region includes AARP volunteers and staff in seven states: California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. These states …