—   St. Petersburg, Fla. – An overwhelming 89 percent of St. Petersburg residents think their city is a good place to live as they grow older, a new survey by AARP Florida reveals. But there are aspects of living longer in St. Petersburg that could be better, and a new city initiative launching Feb. 11 – part of a global movement to prepare for longer lifespans — aims to identify and improve those areas. The survey, conducted in 2016, is …

Affordable Utilities Now!

— St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement urging AARP members and other consumers in the Panhandle to raise their voices on a proposed $106.8 million Gulf Power Co. rate increase. “AARP believes this proposed rate increase asks too much of residential ratepayers,” Johnson said.  The Gulf Power proposal would increase the fixed charge portion of bill, he noted, which is the amount that ratepayers pay regardless of whether they use any electricity. “That …

— Love is in the air this month. And on Feb. 6, it’s in the theater here in Miami too. So is AARP’s love, sex and relationship expert, Dr. Pepper Schwartz. Register here to explore “Love & Relationships in the Movies … and in our Lives” with Dr. Schwartz on Monday, Feb. 6. She’ll be sharing stories and clips from her favorite movies about love, sex and relationships. AARP in Miami is hosting this FREE* evening, which includes light refreshments, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the …

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—   St. PETERSBURG, FLA. — AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Floridians who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Over the next few weeks, AARP staff and volunteers will meet with members of Congress to underscore the importance of Medicare to Florida’s beneficiaries and the workers who currently pay in to the program. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher …

— About 3,000 AARP volunteers, some of whom have served for decades, are gearing up to open more than 300 sites in churches, community halls, libraries and other sites across Florida in the coming days to help Floridians age 50-plus fulfill their annual federal income-tax obligation. For more information on documents to bring to the tax site or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. …

— 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. …

AARP VI Members save on prescriptions in the VI

— 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 …