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Marti and Bill Wilson
Editor’s note: Alzheimer’s Disease has long been known as the cruelest disease, because it robs caregivers of connection to their loved one’s mind and spirit while the physical body remains. In this story, retired Florida registered nurse and entertainer Marti Wilson tells the remarkable story of the closing chapters of her late husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s – and the rare gift of a goodbye that he was able to leave her with. Marti Wilson is known on stage as Lili Rose, and may be familiar to Florida audiences from her years of performing at Rosie O’Grady’s at Church Street Station in Orlando as well in many other Florida venues. Today she lives in Ellenton, Fla., near the Manatee River.
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Editor's note:  AARP Florida is sharing information with our readers about Dupuytren disease, a condition that affects millions of Americans, including mostly older Americans. This disease is not well known yet, but it can be painful and limit some daily activities.  This blog was provided by Dr. Charles Eaton, a Florida physician who is executive director of the Dupuytren Research Group, a nonprofit organization advocating on this issue.
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Florida lawmakers adopted a slew of healthcare bills that will help Florida consumers save on prescription drugs and gain easier access to their doctors. For ratepayers who get their electrical power from investor-owned utilities (FPL, Duke, TECO, Gulf Power, FPUC), lawmakers ignored calls from consumer groups, AARP Florida included, and pushed through legislation that will increase consumers’ monthly bills. We breakdown the top issues AARP Florida tracked.
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AARP Florida, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, and the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative invites your participation at the 4th Annual Age-Friendly Communities Sharing Symposium
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AARP, the Florida Health Care Association, and LeadingAge Florida – three groups that don’t often share the same position on central issues – have forged the Coalition for Silver Solutions, committed to developing short- and long-term strategies to meet the health care needs of Florida’s aging population.
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No one faces a steeper climb back to normal life than North Floridians age 50-plus.  With fewer years left to recover, often coping with health concerns and facing a loss of homes that sometimes were uninsured, Floridians age 50-plus are among the most vulnerable to storms.As they work to recover, AARP Florida will be with North Floridians 50-plus every step of the way.
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It’s been months since Hurricane Michael hit North Florida on Oct. 10, 2018.  The news cameras are long gone, as are the electoral candidates and the national headlines. But for thousands of North Floridians age 50-plus, the journey back to a normal life from Hurricane Michael has barely begun.
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To honor their work supporting Florida’s caregivers, AARP has named Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez and Senate Majority Leader Kathleen Passidomo as Florida’s 2018 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of 65 elected officials from 24 states.
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AARP Foundation and AARP Florida announced Monday that 11 North Florida organizations have received $905,000 to benefit Floridians 50-plus who were hard hit by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
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