— Caregivers throughout the Bay Area last month assembled for the inaugural Florida Caregiver Conference, a two-day event that focused on emerging caregiving products and services, planning education for caregivers and coaching caregivers how to care themselves. Sponsored by AARP Florida and the Tampa Bay Caregiver Accelerator (TBCA), the conference (May 17-18) also served as a capstone event for the students of the TBCA, a pilot program that bridges the gap between caregivers and the local start-ups that are creating services …

— This month’s SHINE mural festival has been all the talk of St. Petersburg residents and visitors, but if you don’t think AARP when you think of the city’s burgeoning mural scene, you don’t know…Ethel. Among the many new spray-painted artworks gracing the city’s walls, one in particular is my favorite.  On the 8th Street side of the Morean Arts Center, local star muralist Derek Donnelly has painted “Keep on Cruisin’ (Xtreme Ethel)” on the wall of the elevated breezeway over …

— CONTACT:  Dave Bruns, dbruns@aarp.org, 850.577.5161 New AARP Poll: Tampa Bay Residents Age 50-64 Shop Local, Like Their Neighbors and Love Their Community – Especially If They Brave Those “Bridge Trolls” Local residents are happier with neighbors, more likely to say it’s easy to make friends, if they frequently cross Tampa Bay and patronize locally owned shops and restaurants. St. PETERSBURG, FLA. — Tampa Bay residents age 50-64 like their neighborhoods and neighbors, are proud to tell people where they live, and like …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Ajla Subasic, asubasic@aarp.org AARP Florida names Tampa Bay resident as top volunteer advisor Local Resident, Monica Stynchula, joins AARP Florida’s Executive Council St. Petersburg, Fla. –AARP Florida’s State Director Jeff Johnson has appointed longtime Tampa Bay community leader Monica Stynchula as a member of the AARP Florida Executive Council, a group of top volunteer advisors leading the nation’s largest membership organization for people 50+ in the nation’s “grayest” state. “AARP Florida is pleased that a person …

— An evolution is occurring that will one day affect you and your family: Older adults are breaking stereotypes, and are redefining life, career and retirement in the second half of their lives. Marc Freedman has coined a term for this emerging social transformation: the encore movement. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, spoke to Tampa Bay community members about the importance of embracing the Encore movement to better our communities at an AARP-sponsored event. “We are …

— By Linda H. Lamb • Joyce Swain has lived in her cozy Florida home for more than 40 years—and she would like to stay there many years more. That’s why Swain, who has arthritis, is pleased with modifications she made on the advice of Carolyn Sithong, an occupational therapist and lead Home Fit volunteer for AARP Florida. Among the improvements, Swain’s bathroom now has two sturdy bars that let her get in and out of the bathtub more easily and …