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— AARP’s national accountability campaign ‘Take a Stand‘ is well underway here in Florida, and our staff and volunteers are working hard to pressure candidates into telling voters how they would update Social Security for the 21st century and keep the promise for future generations. We want our leaders to make Social Security a priority and to put serious proposals on the table. If lawmakers fail to take action, Social Security benefits could be reduced by 25 percent by 2034, and …

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— The word is out on the IRS scam phone calls (click here here and here.) So the scammers have upped their game to mail, and it’s quite convincing at first. Since the IRS has said they would never call you demanding money for payment, only send mail letters, it was only a short amount of time until these frausters did so too. How do you know it’s phony? Let’s take a look : The processing center in Austin address is incorrect. …

— AARP’s national accountability campaign ‘Take a Stand‘ is well underway here in Florida, and our staff and volunteers are working hard to pressure candidates into telling voters how they would update Social Security for the 21st century and keep the promise for future generations. We want our leaders to make Social Security a priority and to put serious proposals on the table. If lawmakers fail to take action, Social Security benefits could be reduced by 25 percent by 2034, and …

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— The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities 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. Launched in April 2012, the network operates under the auspices of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program. Read the AARP Bulletin story on Florida’s efforts to get communities to join the network. To date, Florida …

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— September 2016 Admitted in October 2015, the City of Winter Haven was the third Florida community to enter the AARP Age-Friendly Network. Over the summer the city’s aging council is conducting its survey, as required by membership in the network, to gauge residents’ feedback on how age friendly they think the city is now and which amenities they need to make it more so for future generations. Cari Herrington chairs the Council on Quality Aging, which looks for ways to make …

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— September 2016 Three words will make you want to live in the Town of Cutler Bay: Golf. Cart. Rodeo. (Must see video below) Incorporated in 2005, Cutler Bay has distinguished itself from its northern metropolis neighbor — Miami. Although the town has yet to enter into its teenage years, it has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, civic wise, thanks to its forward-thinking commission and city leaders. In 2013, the town surveyed community seniors asking what services and …

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— September 2016 The City of Hallandale Beach is the fifth Florida community to enter the AARP Age-Friendly Network and has been a leader in identifying needs to improve the health and wellbeing of those who live, work, learn, play and retire in its community. The city has been identified as a Healthy Community Zone through its work with the Broward Regional Health Planning Council’s Partnerships Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH). Through the collaboration between the city and BRHP, with active involvement …

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— “Stand Up & Be Counted” Seventh Annual Destino Leadership Academy Have you been looking to get involved in your community? Want to impact others but don’t know where to start? Learn how to get involved with your community this year by attending our one day Leadership Academy. A training where you can gather the tools to exercise your leadership, and be the influencer you are meant to be!! Now in its seventh year, DESTINO teaches its students the necessary skills …

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— With nearly a third of its residents 55 and older, St. Petersburg is working to better address the needs of its aging population. It is the sixth community to enter the Age-Friendly Community Network. It promotes livability in eight areas: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services. St. Petersburg officials hope to integrate it with ongoing efforts such as Healthy St. Pete, …

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— September 2016 The Village of Pinecrest, located just north of fellow Age-Friendly Community Network member Cutler Bay, is the seventh community to join the network. It joined in July 2016. Village leaders are currently assessing what the timing for their community survey and evaluating current programming. At the Pinecrest Community Center there is Game Day, BINGO, movie day, trips out into the surrounding communities, and fitness classes. Resources are also provided by way of weekly blood pressure checks, scheduled lectures …