— By Susannah Nesmith Six months after Hurricane Matthew skirted the Florida coast last fall, Nancy Sikes-Kline was finally able to move out of her temporary apartment and into a house—but it wasn’t her house. “It’s taking much, much longer than any of us ever imagined” to put her life back together, said Sikes-Kline, 60, a land use consultant and St. Augustine city commissioner. “For older people, it’s particularly difficult because we don’t have time in our lives financially to recover. …

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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 …

— Por Tom Scherberger Ken Reinhardt, graduado de la Academia Naval, sirvió cuatro años en la Marina antes de trabajar en la industria manufacturera y la de aerolíneas como gerente de ingeniería y producción. “Terminé el servicio activo en 1967 y pasaron años antes de que pudiera ser elegible para recibir los beneficios del Departamento de Asuntos de Veteranos” (VA), dijo Reinhardt. “En un evento de AARP en Orlando en el 2010, el encargado del quiosco del VA me motivó para …

— By Tom Scherberger A Naval Academy graduate, Ken Reinhardt spent four years in the Navy before working in the airline and manufacturing industries as an engineering and production manager. “I left active duty in 1967, and for years I wasn’t eligible for VA benefits,” Reinhardt said. “At an AARP event in Orlando in 2010, the gentleman at a VA booth encouraged me to apply again and, lo and behold, I was deemed eligible. I use the VA for an annual …

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 …

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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 …

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— Under the current U.S. House plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), about 454,000 Floridians age 50-64 enrolled and receiving tax credits in the ACA Marketplace would see higher health-coverage premiums than they pay under current law, more than in any other state, an AARP analysis shows. If implemented today, for older Americans 50-64,  the reduction in tax credits  would range from about $830 a year to about $5,850 a year for the ACA Marketplace “Silver plan” health coverage, …

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— Tallahassee, Fla.  – AARP Florida will oppose legislative proposals that would allow Florida electric utility companies, including Florida Power & Light, to use residential customers’ money to finance exploration and drilling ventures seeking natural gas in other states. AARP’s Florida advocacy manager, Jack McRay, announced AARP’s position in remarks before the Florida Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities committee Tuesday.  The committee is one of several state legislative committees considering SB 1238, by Sen. Aaron Beach, R-Jacksonville. Its companion bill …

— 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. …

— Pinturas, fotografías y otros trabajos artísticos realizados por veteranos estarán en exhibición el 25 de marzo en la gran inauguración del Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay (en inglés). AARP Florida es un patrocinador de la inauguración debido a los lazos estrechos que mantiene con los veteranos y con la comunidad artística, explicó Colleen Krepstekies, subdirectora estatal de comunicaciones para AARP Florida. Más de 1.5 millones de veteranos han hecho del “estado del sol” su hogar. Es por esto que AARP …