5 States

— 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 …

— Summer is coming, and that means not only fun in the sun but hurricane season, as well. AARP Florida urges state residents to be prepared for devastating storms—and to remember that not all mishaps come from the weather itself. Falling tree limbs or ceilings, broken glass in standing water and mishandled generators all can cause injury or death. Be ready by having three days’ worth of supplies, including clean water, nonperishable food, medicines and any needs for your pet. Remember, …

— March 2017 Nestled north of Orlando, off the I-4, the city of Longwood has been steadily coordinating its efforts toward creating an age-friendly community for its 14,000 residents, of which roughly 21 percent after older than 60 years old. The city currently has in place a slate of social programs — senior matinee, painting courses and fitness classes — but also runs the RuOK Program, which provides assistance and resources to its more vulnerable, elder residents. This visitation and emergency planning …

— March 2017 Of course a community that offers options like tennis, aquatics, shuffleboard, monthly food truck rallies, senior ballroom dancing would be a member of AARP’s Age-Friendly Network. Not only does Lakeland, which touts designations as a bike- and walk-friendly community, has these robust activities to keep their older population on-the-go, but they also offer a plethora of meal services for seniors who are more homebound. Meals and Wheels, VISTE Deliveries and food banks provided by churches offer services communitywide. …

— Of course a community that offers options like tennis, aquatics, shuffleboard, monthly food truck rallies, senior ballroom dancing would be a member of AARP’s Age-Friendly Network. Not only does Lakeland, which touts designations as a bike- and walk-friendly community, has these robust activities to keep their older population on-the-go, but they also offer a plethora of meal services for seniors who are more homebound. Meals and Wheels, VISTE Deliveries and food banks provided by churches offer services communitywide. The city …

— This small, scenic Atlantic Coast town, often looked over for another tinsel-towny city on the, offers something better than movie stars. Known for its picturesque boardwalk and dreamy beaches, the city of Hollywood, Fla., offers a hefty dose of indoor and outdoor activities that allow its 50+ population to flourish. The city boasts targeted recreational outlets that fosters socialization among its older residents and a fellowships what has cut down on loneliness and depression among its citizens. It offers an …

— March 2017 The city of Fort Lauderdale has a variety of amenities that make it a perfect qualifier for AARP’s Age-Friendly Community Network. The city parks and recreation department oversees programs that benefit and involve teens, youth, adults and seniors. The city plans to continue their advancements in their age-friendly setup by continuing conversations with Club 55, a local group that talks about what they believe to be the four main aspects of age-friendly life: social participation, respect and social inclusion, …

— March 2017 The city of Fort Lauderdale has a variety of amenities that make it a perfect qualifier for AARP’s Age-Friendly Community Network. The city parks and recreation department oversees programs that benefit and involve teens, youth, adults and seniors. The city plans to continue their advancements in their age-friendly setup by continuing conversations with Club 55, a local group that talks about what they believe to be the four main aspects of age-friendly life: social participation, respect and social inclusion, …

— March 2017 Meet the City of Satellite Beach The city of Satellite Beach has shown its ­­­dedication to age-friendly living by encouraging more walkable streets, easy-access beach paths and universal design homes as a few of its top priorities. The east coast beach town has a population of 10,418, of which 28 percent are age 60 or older. In 2007, Vice Mayor Mark Brimer and Fire Chief Donald Hughes created a senior fall prevention program and it quickly became a …

US Capitol

— In the short span of just three weeks, AARP Florida volunteers’ combined efforts helped defeat a plan in the U.S. Congress that would have weakened Medicare and cost older Americans thousands more every year, AARP’s Florida state director, Jeff Johnson, said. Since the introduction of the American Health Care Act, AARP Florida volunteers made phone calls, wrote letters, utilized social media and made videos to let congressional leaders know that they won’t be taken advantage of, said Johnson. “You stood …