AARP Florida: Check Your Legislators’ 2015 Votes

Posted on 08/3/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Press | Voters Do you know how your state legislators voted in the 2015 session on key issues that affect Floridians 50-plus? AARP Florida’s 2015 voting record report contains detailed, vote-by-vote information on assisted living facility reform, guardianship proceedings, utilities regulation, and other important issues. “To hold your state House or Senate members accountable, you need to know how they voted on key issues. AARP Florida offers its legislative voting record to make it easier for you to learn how your legislators voted,” …

July is Heat Awareness Month at AARP Florida

Posted on 07/27/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Livable Communities | Local Resources While it is not news that Florida is especially hot in the summer, it might be news to some that around 7,000 people die in the U.S. from heatstroke, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians. With 80 percent of heatstroke patients being older than 50, it is especially important for older adults to stay cool in the summer. AARP Florida has put together a list of resources and tips on how to beat the heat, stay prepared throughout …

Florida’s 2.67M Family Caregivers Provided $29.7B in Free Care in 2013

Posted on 07/16/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Caregiving TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Family caregivers nationwide provided more than 37 billion hours of care to their parents, spouses, partners and loved ones in 2013, worth an estimated $470 billion, a report released today by the AARP Public Policy Institute states. Out of Florida’s 19 million residents, 2.67 million caregivers provided 2.49 billion hours of care to adults with limited capacity to successfully handle with activities for daily living, according to the report. The economic value is $11.93 per hour, which totals …

Florida Congresswoman Kathy Castor Discusses Family Caregiving During AARP Forum on Capitol Hill

Posted on 07/10/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Caregiving | Press | Volunteering | Voters WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, joined leaders from the employer, health care, venture funding, entrepreneurial, and consumer advocacy communities today for a discussion on the challenges facing—and potential solutions for—the 40 million Americans who provide care for their parents, spouses/partners, and other loved ones. The “Forum on Family Caregiving: Perspectives from Policymakers and Thought Leaders” was convened by AARP as part of its ongoing work to support family caregivers. “Just a few years …

Five Florida Heroes Inducted Into State Veterans Hall of Fame

Posted on 07/6/2015 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Uncategorized TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A standing-room only crowd at the Florida Capitol Monday honored four Florida veterans of the armed services – not only for their service in uniform but also for their service to the state and to their communities after they had left military service.  Fittingly, the honorees included former members of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.  Together, the honorees included two leaders of state agencies, a highly recognized voice for civil rights, a longtime advocate for …

Medicaid at 50 Serves 1 in 5 Florida Residents

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing By John Van Gieson When Jewell McGrath, 90, suffered a stroke, she appeared headed for a nursing home. But Medicaid gave her the option of selecting her daughter-in-law, Ruby Holton, to be her personal caregiver at home. It’s a win-win situation for both Jasper women: McGrath is living in comfortable, familiar surroundings, while Holton, 69, is receiving money from Sunshine Health, McGrath’s managed care company, to care for her mother-in-law. “It’s working out pretty well,” said Holton, who lives with …