— AARP Florida News   For Immediate Release Aug. 23, 2016 Media Contact: Victoria Funes, (305) 775-6944, vfunes@aarp.org   Survey Shows Women Voters Strongly Favor Plan to Allow Family Caregivers to Claim Credit for Time Away From Work When Calculating Social Security Benefits    St. Petersburg, Fla. — Florida women voters overwhelmingly favor fast action to update Social Security and keep it strong for their children and grandchildren, according to a new AARP poll of women voters nationwide and in Florida. …

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— As PSC Technical Hearings Start, 50-plus Floridians Underscore Rising Costs of Medication, Housing, Food Have Them Already Struggling FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 22, 2016 Media Contact: Dave Bruns o: 850-577-5161; m: 850-228-2759; e: dbruns@aarp.org TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — AARP Florida members and leaders said Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) proposed $1.34 billion base rate increase jeopardizes the finances of Floridians 50+, as the state Public Service Commission (PSC) begins two week of technical hearings to determine if the 23-percent hike is needed. “Each …

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— Former English teacher Margery Marcus is embarking on a new journey as she takes the idea of a recurring book club into new territory by giving it an added intention: tackling ageism. Marcus’s journey is inspired by AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins’s call to action in her newly published book Disrupt Aging, which encourages people 50+ to live boldly and to reframe the dialog of aging. Doing just that, Marcus and her book club friends have converged at Northwest Focal …

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— TALLAHASSEE – Earlier this year, AARP Florida petitioned and was granted permission to be a formal intervener in Florida Power & Light’s $1.34 billion base rate increase request before the Florida Public Service Commission. AARP believes this increase is without merit and unjustified, as the utility company is on track to make $1.6 billion in 2017 without the increase. But some might be surprised by who agrees with AARP: Walmart, the Sierra Club, the Florida Retail Federation, the Florida Industrial …

— AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson has appointed Donna L. Ginn of Miami as the new volunteer state president of AARP Florida. “I am very excited about working with everyone in the state to advance the interests of those of us who are 50 plus. I am committed to helping AARP make a difference in Florida and I invite all volunteers to work with me to make that happen. I look forward to building a team that works to get …

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— AARP Florida News For Immediate Release Aug. 1, 2016 Media Contact: Victoria Funes, (305) 775-6944, vfunes@aarp.org   Who Will Represent You in Washington?  AARP Florida, Florida League of Women Voters, Orlando Sentinel and FOX35 Sponsor ‘Community Conversation’ for Candidates Candidates for Three Orlando-Area Congressional Seats Invited To Appear On One Stage to Discuss Key Issues for Voters Ahead of Aug. 30 Primary Election Orlando, Fla. — AARP Florida, the Florida League of Women Voters, the Orlando Sentinel and FOX35 will …

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— Whether you’re a certified foodie seeking inside information or simply want to meet a celebrity chef, Simmer and Sift has your recipe for success. Sponsored by AARP in Tampa Bay, the series of culinary demonstrations by top area chefs continues July 27. Travel + Leisure has called the local food scene “one of the country’s most creative.” Each event runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Guests can enjoy …

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— It’s hard to believe, but Election Day is just right around the corner — and the candidates are hunting for your vote. But as they roll out the same speeches and soundbites about important issues like the future of Social Security, it seems like many have forgotten what’s really at stake here: Your money, your future, and the futures of your children and grandchildren. With the nation’s highest percentage of residents age 65-plus, Florida has a huge stake in the …

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— You Still Have Time to Take Action! Throughout June, AARP Florida attended nine statewide Public Service Commission (PSC) hearings to refute Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) request for a $1.34 billion increase in base rates. Know these two facts about FPL’s request: $960 million of FPL’s rate increase will go into FPL investors’ pockets. None of those funds will go to service enhancements, disaster preparedness, or energy innovation. According to their own filing with the PSC, FPL is on target …

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— It’s a promise that’s been kept for generations. You pay into Social Security, you get the benefits you earned. But to keep that promise for future generations, Social Security needs to be updated for the 21st century. If our leaders don’t act, future retirees could lose up to $10,000 a year. With the nation’s highest percentage of residents age 65-plus, Florida has a huge stake in the future of Social Security. More than 4.2 million Floridians receive Social Security benefits …