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— St. Petersburg, Fla. – America’s grayest state ranks a disappointing fourth from the bottom in the nation in meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state study. The Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard ranked Florida 46th among the 50 states on a detailed list of 23 specific indicators across five key dimensions on the report, issued by AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The …

— Budget Showed Progress But Too Many People Still Wait for Help Massive savings for utility ratepayers due to defeat of risky out-of-state natural-gas exploration and production bill; but Florida falls further behind on help for family caregivers. Florida consumers who get their electrical power from investor-owned utilities will save an estimated $3.75 billion to $22.5 billion over the next five to 30 years due to defeat of legislation that would have allowed some Florida electric companies to charge ratepayers in …

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— TALLAHASSEE — AARP Florida has honored six Florida state legislators with its “Capitol Caregiver” award for their work in the 2016 Florida legislative session on helping to ease Florida’s nursing shortage, establishing a state commission to study emerging opportunities in using telecommunications technology to deliver health and long-term care services, allowing advanced registered nurse practitioners and licensed physician assistants to prescribe medicines, and improving oversight of professional guardians. The legislators honored were: Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, for sponsoring the Senate version …

— Los empresarios en el creciente campo de la prestación de cuidados pueden afinar sus ideas y modelos de negocio con un curso de 18 horas diseñado específicamente para ellos. Las clases de Caregiver Accelerator en Tampa Bay son parte de la ampliación del enfoque de AARP para asistir a aquellos que necesitan cuidados y a los encargados de proporcionarlos. Danielle Callahan, una de los dos capacitadores que dirigen las clases, señaló que la interacción en grupo y el tamaño limitado …

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— AARP Florida congratulates the winners of the 2016 Congressional and legislative elections. As AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said earlier today, ‘Now the real work begins.’ AARP Florida stands ready to work with the state’s elected leaders to improve the lives of Floridians of every generation.

— AARP Florida News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 20, 2016 Media Contact: Victoria Funes, (305) 775-6944, vfunes@aarp.org New AARP poll:  FL 50 plus Women Voters Influenced by Economic Anxiety, Concerns about Social Security and Caregiving Challenges St. Petersburg, Fla. —Six in 10 Florida women voters are concerned about rising costs outpacing their income, and 45 percent worry that they won’t be able to take care of themselves as they grow older, an AARP poll of women voters shows. “Women voters age …

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— Floridians, we need your help! We need you to help us educate state and federal candidates about the health and long-term care technologies needs that will benefit Floridians of all ages. Of course you know that Florida has the nation’s highest percentage of 65-plus residents, 19.4 percent, which is expected to double in the 21st Century. Yet the state of Florida deals with its family caregivers and their loved ones as if it were still in the 1950s. Compared to …

— News Release For Immediate Release Oct. 11, 2016 Media Contact: Jessyca Sosa, 959-646-4584, jsosa@aarp.org Florida’s senior population prefers to remain at home and in their communities in order to receive needed long-term care services.  St. Petersburg, Fla. — Florida has America’s highest percentage of 65-plus residents (19.4 percent), and its older population will continue to grow rapidly in the 21st Century.  Yet the state of Florida deals with its family caregivers and their loved ones as if it were still …

— By Susannah Nesmith When Betty Black’s father had a stroke in 2012, she felt fortunate that she could take care of him at home, in Jacksonville. She had retired early and could take him to doctor’s appointments. He was also undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. But as the months wore on, Black, now 63, found her own health declining. “When you’re treating stroke and cancer and forgetfulness, he was up all day and all night, so I was up all …

— Long-term care is a pressing issue in the Sunshine State. Nearly 2.7 million family caregivers provide 2.5 billion hours of unpaid services annually to help their aging loved ones continue to live at home rather than placing them in nursing homes. Home- and community-based services can relieve the burden on family caregivers by helping with such things as bathing, meals and transportation to medical appointments. But the waiting list for such services is long, and in fiscal year 2014-2015, more …