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— Media Contact: Ajla Subasic Social Media Strategist asubasic@aarp.org AARP Take a Stand Opens Office Headquarters in Florida St. Petersburg, Fla. — On Wednesday, June 29, AARP will officially open its Take a Stand Florida Headquarters in St. Petersburg, Orlando and Miami, to serve as a base for its staff and volunteers. Community leaders and policy makers will be present at the opening along with AARP representatives and volunteers. Through its Take a Stand campaign, AARP is fighting to ensure that …

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— AARP Florida Take a Stand has some exciting news for you! We’re kicking off summer 2016 in a big way with the opening of our three Florida headquarters. Our staff and volunteers have been on the ground and working diligently across the state for months, and now we are inviting you to come out and see what all the excitement is about.  Join us from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, as we host a grand opening of …

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— Finding out how your state legislators voted in the 2016 Legislature just got easier with the release of AARP Florida’s fifth annual Legislative Voting Record. AARP Florida’s 2016 voting record report contains detailed, vote-by-vote information on assisted living facility reform, guardianship proceedings, utilities regulation, and other important issues. During the 2016 session, AARP alerted legislators that AARP would consider their votes on certain proposals to be key votes for the 2016 voting record. And because key legislative decisions often occur …

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— TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Older Tallahasseeans would like to see more home-repair services for lower-income or older adults, affordable home-health care options, more public transportation services and better job training for older adults, according to a new survey conducted by AARP and the City of Tallahassee as part of the joint AARP-Tallahassee Age-Friendly Community initiative. “A city that is truly livable is one that ‘fits’ people of every age,” said Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, an early supporter of the Age-Friendly …

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— ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AARP Florida Acting State Director Dionne Polite urged those wishing to donate to help the victims of the deadly June 12 terror attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando to avoid unprincipled scams circulating in the aftermath of the nation’s deadliest mass shooting attack. Instead, those wishing to help should consider donating a state-managed disaster fund, which was activated Monday by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Polite said. (Read state press release here.) “Our thoughts and prayers go out …

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— Updated June 10, 2016: The following members from the Florida Congressional delegation have joined RAISE Act author Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) in co-sponsoring the bi-partisan bill: Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville) Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Miami) Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Orlando) Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Hollywood) Sens. Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R) have previously stated they would support the bill.   Original Post, Dec. 10, 2015: RAISE Act Passes Senate, Heads to House Here’s good news for the nation’s 40 million family caregivers, including …

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— Caregivers throughout the Bay Area last month assembled for the inaugural Florida Caregiver Conference, a two-day event that focused on emerging caregiving products and services, planning education for caregivers and coaching caregivers how to care themselves. Sponsored by AARP Florida and the Tampa Bay Caregiver Accelerator (TBCA), the conference (May 17-18) also served as a capstone event for the students of the TBCA, a pilot program that bridges the gap between caregivers and the local start-ups that are creating services …

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— Today, volunteers and staff from Florida were on Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, these volunteers and staff have carried crucial asks: AARP Florida advocates asked members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers: the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, and the Credit for Caring Act …

— AARP Florida News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 3, 2016 Media Contact: Colleen Krepstekies, (727) 592-8022 ckrepstekies@aarp.org St. Petersburg, Fla. — AARP Florida said today that the proposed Florida Power & Light (FPL) $1.34 billion rate increase (24 percent) is unreasonably high and an insufficiently justified increase. AARP Florida is calling on FPL customers to raise their voices against the increase by the sole utility provider in hundreds of communities throughout central and south Florida. Customers can weigh in on FPLs …

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— Florida Power & Light (FPL) is asking the state Public Service Commission for a $1.34 billion increase in electric rates. AARP believes the level of this proposed rate increase isn’t justified. FPL is already earning more than 9 percent returns in a business that is protected from competition by state law. Now they want returns of 11.5 percent. Meanwhile, many Florida residential ratepayers struggle to earn 2 percent on their savings and investments. For consumers, the proposed rate increase means …