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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 …

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Your car looks great, but does it fit? Find out at a CarFit event near you. A trained volunteer technician can help you adjust your seat, steering wheel and rearview mirrors for good visibility, comfortable control and safety. CarFit was created by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with AARP, AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association. Get a CarFit checkup at locations across Florida, including Bradenton, Dania Beach, Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Orange Park and Sunrise. For …

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Elder Affairs will prioritize need for the state’s residents on its wait lists for home and community-based long-term care (HCBS) services, according to a law (House Bill 1335) signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Friday. Currently, about 60,000 low-income and disabled Floridians are on waiting lists for at least one of a series of state services that help families keep their loved ones at home and out of more costly nursing home facilities.  HCBS …

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For immediate release March 11, 2016 Contact: Dave Bruns 850.577.5161 o 850.228.2759 c dbruns@aarp.org AARP Florida: Floridians 50+ Score Some Wins in 2016 Session; Budget Showed Progress But Too Many People Still Wait for Help New guardianship law establishes new protection for vulnerable older Floridians; gains in affordable housing funding are welcome Tallahassee, Fla. – In the 2016 legislation session, Floridians age 50-plus scored solid wins on oversight of professional guardians, blocking cost increases for consumers seeking their medical records …

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida lawmakers have sent Gov. Rick Scott a proposed new law to toughen oversight of professional guardians in the wake of two years of controversy over frail, vulnerable Floridians who have been bilked by untrustworthy professional guardians. The Office of Public and Professional Guardians can now institute standards of practice for public and professional guardians, create a registry, receive and investigate complaints, establish procedures for disciplinary oversight, conduct hearings, specify penalties, and take administrative action for guardians who …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 3, 2016 Contact: Dave Bruns, 850.228.2759 dbruns@aarp.org St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement Thursday as presidential candidates prepared to campaign in Florida in the run-up to the state’s March 15 presidential primary: “With the nation’s highest percentage of residents age 65-plus, Florida has a huge stake in the future of Social Security,” Johnson said.  “In less than two weeks, Florida voters head to the polls to choose the …