— Do you aspire to be a leader in your community, your workplace and beyond? Then join AARP and Miami Dade College, Oct. 28 at Destino 2017, a free, one-day personal development conference that helps you achieve your leadership goals and help your community toward a better tomorrow! The 8th Annual Destino Leadership Academy, “Seed for Change”, will attract over 400 professionals, community leaders and volunteers from a variety of backgrounds to provide them with practical tools, leadership development and learning …

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— 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 …

— Team up with the Miami Dolphins and AARP Foundation for the 4th Annual Million Meal Pack. All packaged meals will be delivered primarily to older adults in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Together we can improve the quality of life for South Floridians! Volunteers will enjoy music, football activities, a chance to win prizes and will receive a free t-shirt. Various volunteer shifts are available for all ages. The Rick Case Arena at Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave. …

— 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,” …

— 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. …

— By Michelle Cerulli McAdams Tom Hirsch, an AARP volunteer in Palm Harbor, recalled how his late mother’s failing eyesight contributed to her diminishing ability to drive. Hirsch, 69, said he wishes he had known about the AARP Smart Driver and We Need to Talk programs at the time. They could have helped prepare him for tough conversations with his mother about giving up her car keys. Now he is an instructor for both programs in Florida. The Smart Driver program …

—   ‘Progressive deterioration until death’  Those words were the only prognosis Kristen Malfara could find for her son’s diagnosis of Leukodystrophy. But Malfara, founder of The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project and recipient of the 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service wouldn’t be let down easily. “We were handed this diagnosis, told to take him home and keep him comfortable and wait until his third birthday,” said Malfara. “We were given no information on what we could do and there was no one …

—   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Oct. 18, 2016 CONTACT: Ann-Marie Flannery, AFlannery@aarp.org AARP Florida Recognizes Kristen Malfara for her Dedication and Commitment to Community Service with its Most Prestigious Volunteer Award Melbourne, Fla – Kristen Malfara has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2016 AARP Florida Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Florida selected Malfara for her remarkable service …

— AARP’s national accountability campaign ‘Take a Stand‘ is well underway here in Florida, and our staff and volunteers are working hard to pressure candidates into telling voters how they would update Social Security for the 21st century and keep the promise for future generations. We want our leaders to make Social Security a priority and to put serious proposals on the table. If lawmakers fail to take action, Social Security benefits could be reduced by 25 percent by 2034, and …

— AARP’s national accountability campaign ‘Take a Stand‘ is well underway here in Florida, and our staff and volunteers are working hard to pressure candidates into telling voters how they would update Social Security for the 21st century and keep the promise for future generations. We want our leaders to make Social Security a priority and to put serious proposals on the table. If lawmakers fail to take action, Social Security benefits could be reduced by 25 percent by 2034, and …