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— By Jeff Johnson (This op-ed originally appeared in the Sept. 16 issue of the Sun Sentinel) Still struggling with Irma’s aftermath, Floridians were stunned by news Wednesday that eight frail elders died from heat-related causes after a Hollywood, Fla., nursing home lost its air conditioning.  A hospital with functioning air conditioning was across the street. A criminal investigation is now under way into the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, but initial reports seem to indicate that miscommunication …

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— The 2017 hurricane season has been tough for all Floridians – and it’s not over yet. For Floridians age 50-plus, for family caregivers and for Florida communities, there have been challenges to overcome from Key West to Fernandina Beach, and just about everywhere in between. For most Floridians, Hurricane Irma is a bad memory. The power is back on in most cities and towns, flooding has subsided and cleanup of storm debris is under way or even partly complete. But …

— According to recent data, a couple retiring this year looks to spend an average of $275,000 on healthcare throughout the course of their retirement. Health care costs are rising faster than inflation and the overall economy, with one in five families reporting difficulty paying medical bills. If you are over the age of 60 and are experiencing financial insecurity from these rising health care costs, SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is a free program that may be able …

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— In the wake of multiple deaths of frail older people after Hurricane Irma, AARP Florida called Wednesday for a thorough review of state and local emergency management procedures, state law and state funding for frail older Floridians, those living with disabilities and family caregivers. “Every major hurricane teaches us lessons,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP’s Florida state director. “After Hurricane Andrew, Florida responded with stronger building codes. Hurricane Irma also will teach us tragic lessons. Some lessons have already begun to …

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— UPDATED: Sept. 12, 2017 (Original post Sept. 15, 2016) TALLAHASSEE – Homeowners beware! Unscrupulous contractors are conning residents into surrendering their home insurance policy claim rights and benefits. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, these instances are sure to grow. Here’s how it works: 1) You get a contractor to agree to repair your home damage. 2) The dishonest contractor convinces you to transfer an Assignment of Benefit agreement in the contractor’s name. 3) The contractor then uses this to …

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— A portable or “whole-house” electrical generator can be a big help after a hurricane. But AARP’s Florida state director urged Floridians to take care when using electrical power generators for backup power during power outages, citing as many as 10 deaths across the state in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Three died in a home near Daytona Beach and another four were rushed to a nearby hospital, according to news reports. One man was found dead in his home in …

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— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 CONTACT:   Dave Bruns, 850.228.2759 dbruns@aarp.org ST PETERSBURG, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson today received a top honor from Florida’s largest aging-service organization, the Florida Council on Aging, at the council’s annual conference in Orlando. Johnson received the Dr. Carter Osterbind Outstanding FCOA Member award, named for a founder and former president of FCOA.  The award recognizes a Florida Council on Aging member whose actions reflect a high level of personal …

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— 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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— A Florida AARP member has alerted the association to a new scam, in which a door-to-door sales representative pretending to be from AARP visited a Sunshine State manufactured-home park selling an electronic “medical alert system.” “AARP does not send salespeople to your door to sell electronic medical-alert systems or anything else,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP Florida state director. “If you encounter this scam artist, slam the door in his face. It’s a rip-off.” This week, AARP received an email from …