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— 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 …

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— 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 …

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— 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 …

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— AARP Florida congratulates the winners of the 2016 Congressional and legislative elections. As AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said earlier today, ‘Now the real work begins.’ AARP Florida stands ready to work with the state’s elected leaders to improve the lives of Floridians of every generation.

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— Florida is short on nurses. The state was more than 12,000 short in 2015, with additional vacancies arising this year. A new law, sponsored by state Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring) and backed by AARP, aims to expand the nursing workforce in Florida by joining with more than two dozen other states in a Nurse Licensure Compact. By December 2018, the compact will allow nurses to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in both their home state and …

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— TALLAHASSEE – AARP Florida asked the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) Thursday to reject a proposed $800-million-plus proposed settlement agreed to by Florida Power & Light Inc. (FPL) and groups representing some of FPL’s business and institutional customers. However, other groups that have formally filed to intervene in the electric rate case haven’t agreed to the deal.  And AARP, the Sierra Club environmental group and a Loxahatchee couple who filed to intervene in the rate case all opposed the settlement. “AARP …

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— AARP Florida News  For Immediate Release Oct 26, 2016 Media Contact: Victoria Funes, vfunes@aarp.org AARP FL is pleased to have Social Security discussed at last night’s senate debate at Broward Community College. Davie, Fla. — AARP’s Florida state director, Jeff Johnson, issued the following statement after last night’s  “Decision 2016:  Before You Vote” debates sponsored by Leadership Florida, Florida Press Association, AARP and other organizations: “Social Security is a critical issue in Florida and we’re glad the debate moderators asked …

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— With the presidential debates over and the big election around the corner there’s been a lot of talk about how these final weeks turn out for our country. It’s out job to understand the important issues, especially one that effects all of us. Listen below to our in depth analysis of Social Security The Take a Stand campaign is urging candidates to stay accountable to their plans. You can get involved and learn more about the campaign and what your candidate thinks …

— AARP Florida News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 20, 2016 Media Contact: Victoria Funes, (305) 775-6944, vfunes@aarp.org New AARP poll:  FL 50 plus Women Voters Influenced by Economic Anxiety, Concerns about Social Security and Caregiving Challenges St. Petersburg, Fla. —Six in 10 Florida women voters are concerned about rising costs outpacing their income, and 45 percent worry that they won’t be able to take care of themselves as they grow older, an AARP poll of women voters shows. “Women voters age …