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Information, Health and Food Help During COVID-19 Outbreak in Florida

AARP has been working to promote the health and well-being of older Americans for more than 60 years. In the face of this outbreak, AARP Florida is providing information and resources to help older Floridians and those caring for them protect themselves from the virus and prevent it spreading to others. Those resources are below. You can find AARP's nationwide coronavirus resources at www.aarp.org/coronavirus .

If you have coronavirus symptoms, call your health care provider or local public health department to figure out if you could — and should — get tested. Signs of the virus are a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.

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Daily Three News Update

Online and AARP Florida TeleTown Hall Events:

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Up-to-date state and local health information:

Unemployment benefits:

Stimulus payment information:

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Ways to beat feeling isolated

  • Community Connections. Across the country, people are organizing online mutual aid groups to stay connected, share ideas, and help those in need. Whether you want to start a group, find a group, or even request a friendly call from one of our volunteers, we can help you connect with people in your community. Join today.
  • Sometimes the cure for isolation and anxiety comes in a needy, furry package. Americans adopt, foster pets as they shelter in place.
  • How to take care of your mental health. New problems may arise as the pandemic progresses.

Food assistance resources:

Grocery stores:

  • Publix: Publix grocery stores are open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for customers 65+. Store hours have been adjusted to be open from 8 am to 8:00 pm daily and pharmacy hours from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday and normal hours on Sunday.
  • Winn Dixie: The chain has designated a special shopping hour for seniors and high-risk customers from 8:00 am - 9:00 am Monday through Friday in all stores. Store operations are 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Trader Joe's: Stores will be open from 9: 00 am until 7:00 pm daily and everyday between 9:00 am and 10:00 am, the team will maintain an additional line outside the front door for senior customers to help them with their shopping experience.
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AARP created Staying Sharp, a program that provides evidence-based information and actions you can take to maintain and improve your brain health as you age. You’ll have access to a variety of tools such as interactive activities, Brain Health Challenges, games, videos, and so much more that can easily fit into your everyday routine. Try it today!

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AARP TeleTown Hall
April 9: Coping and Maintaining Your Well-Being

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AARP’s Fraud Watch Network can help you spot and avoid scams. Sign up for free “watchdog alerts," lookup scams in your area or review our scam-tracking map, or call our toll-free fraud helpline at 877-908-3360 if you or a loved one suspect you’ve been a victim.

State resources
Price gouging can be reported by calling the Florida Attorney General's office at 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com. For tips on reporting price gouging, click here. You can also download the NoScam app directly onto your phone. Take a picture of the inflated price while in the store and report it by uploading into the app. Download here.

FTC, FCC and SEC tips to avoid coronavirus scams

  • Avoid online offers for coronavirus-related vaccines or cures; they aren't legitimate.
  • Don't click on links or download files from unexpected emails, even if the email address looks like a company or person you recognize. Ditto for text messages and unfamiliar websites.
  • Don't share personal information such as Social Security, Medicare and credit card numbers in response to an unsolicited call, text or email.
  • Be wary of fundraising calls or emails seeking money for coronavirus victims or disease research, especially if they pressure you to act fast and request payment by prepaid debit cards or gift cards.
  • Ignore phone calls or emails from strangers urging you to invest in a hot new coronavirus stock.

AARP TeleTown Hall
April 2Coronavirus: Managing Your Money and Protecting Your Health

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Have a Question About Caring for a Loved One?
AARP’s toll-free family caregiving resource line is here to help. Sometimes, it’s easier to just ask. That’s why AARP has a dedicated, toll-free family caregiving line for people taking care of a loved one. Our agents can’t provide specific advice to callers, but they can suggest resources on a variety of topics.

Agents are available to take calls Monday - Friday, 7 am to 11 pm ET at 1-877-333-5885. The support line is also available in Spanish, at 1-888-971-2013.

AARP TeleTown Hall

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How you can help others from your home

  • Community Connections. Across the country, people are organizing online mutual aid groups to stay connected, share ideas, and help those in need. Whether you want to start a group, find a group, or even request a friendly call from one of our volunteers, we can help you connect with people in your community. Join today.
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