AARP: Loss of medical-expense deduction could hike income taxes on 600,000 Floridians

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-12-06T17:09:13+00:00">December 6, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

AARP Florida Director Jeff Johnson warned hundreds of thousands of older Floridians Wednesday that they could lose thousands of dollars in income-tax deductions next year if Congress moves ahead with a U.S. House plan to impose a “health tax.” A House tax plan adopted last month would eliminate a current feature of tax law that allows Americans to deduct some of the cost of high medical expenses from their taxable income. As of 2017, taxpayers can deduct qualified medical expenses …

Area Agency on Aging to Host Assistant Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson and author/psychologist Dr. Jamie Huysman at Circle of Care Celebration Luncheon

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-03T17:07:07+00:00">November 3, 2017</time> by AARP Florida

West Palm Beach, Fla. – Presented by AARP Florida, Your Aging & Disability Resource Center will be celebrating its 29th anniversary and its future at the Circle of Care Celebration Luncheon at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on November 9, 2017. Featured guest presenters include newly appointed Assistant Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson; Dr. Jamie Huysman, Vice President of Provider Relations and Government Affairs at WellMed Medical Management, well-known for his work fiercely advocating on behalf of family …

AARP Fighting To Help Florida Families Keep Elders Safe In Disasters

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-03T11:25:10+00:00">November 3, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson will share AARP Florida’s battle to protect frail older people in the state’s next disaster during a Facebook Live Event at 6:30 pm Nov. 8. As Florida lawmakers gear up for the Jan. 8 start of the 2018 legislative session, a top issue is elder safety in disaster. AARP is fighting to toughen provisions in state law protecting older people during natural disasters, including requiring nursing homes and assisted-living facilities …

AARP Florida: Put Gov. Scott’s nursing-home order into state law, require post-storm inspections

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-22T16:02:45+00:00">September 22, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-28T17:09:07+00:00">September 28, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

As Floridians regroup from Hurricane Irma, it is clear that the state’s system for protecting frail older residents failed after Hurricane Irma. Ten people died in a tragic chain of miscommunication and inexplicable failure to act after a Broward County rehabilitation center lost cooling for more than 150 residents for three days during Hurricane Irma. Astonishingly, a fully functional hospital, where air conditioning was available, was right across the street. “Florida’s frail elders have spent lifetimes raising families and building …

You lost power in the storm. Do you have to throw out all your food?

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-20T13:19:05+00:00">September 20, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-25T11:20:27+00:00">September 25, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

Power outages and flood water during crises like Hurricane Irma can quickly destroy food and medication. However, these essentials do not always need disposed of after a storm hits. It is important to note that food and medication should be disposed of if they have touched flood water, which contains contaminants that may cause illness. This rule also applies to nonmetal dishes, utensils and other kitchen supplies. Even foods that have been commercially sealed for long-term, unrefrigerated storage in an …

Need Help After a Florida Disaster? Here Are Some Places to Start

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-18T15:14:01+00:00">September 18, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-13T17:52:40+00:00">November 13, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

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 …

AARP Florida: Thorough review needed of hurricane protections for frail elders, family caregivers

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-13T18:18:53+00:00">September 13, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-14T08:59:04+00:00">September 14, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

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 …

Get your power back! But be careful with generators

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-06T16:30:22+00:00">September 6, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-05T12:26:36+00:00">October 5, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

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 …

AARP Florida Issues In-Depth Voting Record on State Legislators’ 2017 Votes

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-07-28T11:29:16+00:00">July 28, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-07-28T13:36:12+00:00">July 28, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Finding out how your state legislators voted in the 2017 Legislature just got easier with the release of AARP Florida’s sixth annual Legislative Voting Record. AARP Florida’s 2017 voting record contains detailed, vote-by-vote information on key legislation in the 2017 Florida Legislature. During the 2017 session, AARP alerted legislators that AARP would consider their votes on certain proposals to be key votes for the 2017 voting record. And because key legislative decisions often occur at several …

AARP: Florida Ranks Fourth From Bottom in Nation For Serving Family Caregivers, Frail Elders and Disabled

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-06-14T09:58:22+00:00">June 14, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-06-21T11:49:23+00:00">June 21, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

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 …