— The federal government grant scam has been around for years. But now, scammers are finding targets through social media. How It Works: You see posts from people on Facebook claiming they have been awarded tens of thousands of dollars in a grant from the federal government, and that you could be eligible, too. You call the listed phone number, give some personal information, and are told you qualify—all you have to do is send a money order or provide your …

— 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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— St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida Advocacy Manager Jack McRay said AARP is disappointed in a 9-6 House committee vote Tuesday to allow Florida investor-owned utilities to shift the cost of out-of-state natural-gas exploration and development projects to ratepayers, while simultaneously collecting a return for itself on ratepayer-funded costs. The House Energy and Utilities subcommittee voted Tuesday to approve House Bill 1043 by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, in a subcommittee meeting held specifically to consider the legislation, just ahead of …

— By Michelle Cerulli McAdams Others may dread tax season, but Rebecca Bachman, of Homosassa, says she looks forward to it every year. As a volunteer tax preparer and a state coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Florida, Bachman, 68, has been helping residents file their taxes since joining the program in 1998. She is one of approximately 3,000 Tax-Aide volunteers in the state and about 35,000 volunteers nationwide. “There are lots of hugs exchanged. People are so grateful,” …

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— St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement urging AARP members and other consumers in the Panhandle to raise their voices on a proposed $106.8 million Gulf Power Co. rate increase. “AARP believes this proposed rate increase asks too much of residential ratepayers,” Johnson said.  The Gulf Power proposal would increase the fixed charge portion of bill, he noted, which is the amount that ratepayers pay regardless of whether they use any electricity. “That …

— About 3,000 AARP volunteers, some of whom have served for decades, are gearing up to open more than 300 sites in churches, community halls, libraries and other sites across Florida in the coming days to help Floridians age 50-plus fulfill their annual federal income-tax obligation. For more information on documents to bring to the tax site or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. …

— 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 …

— For the past two years, AARP Florida has sponsored the Jacksonville Jazz Festival with tremendous success. This year, we’re upping the ante. May we present to you: A Week in Jax With AARP Beginning Saturday, May 21 culminating with the AARP Block party and fabulous concerts at the Jazz Festival May 27-29. Here’s what’s going on (break out your calendar, you’re going to want to mark down a few things.)   SATURDAY | MAY 21 AARP UNIVERSITY YOUR HEALTH, WEALTH …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 9, 2016 Contact: Dave Bruns, dbruns@aarp.org AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROVIDING FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AND PREPARATION BEGINNING IN FEBRUARY 2016 Tallahassee, Fla. – This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low- to moderate- income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to the older population. You don’t need to be …

— Tampa Bay boomers who want to go from thinking about changing their lives or careers to actually doing it shouldn’t miss Encore Connect: Your Roadmap to What’s Next. AARP is sponsoring the Encore Tampa Bay event Wednesday, March 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Student Center at USF St. Petersburg. A successful 2014 town hall introduced the concept. “This year, what we want to do with Encore Connect is to take it to that next level,” said Encore …