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Caring for a parent, spouse, or other loved one can be a 24/7 job that is emotionally, physically and financially difficult. That’s why AARP works tirelessly to support family caregivers, striving to make your big responsibilities a little bit easier.
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Join the Coalition for Silver Solutions — AARP Florida, Florida Health Care Association, Leading Age Florida and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East — for a summit focusing on the challenges the state faces for meeting the high-quality, long-term healthcare needs of older Floridians. We are seeking family caregiver input on potential solutions. Come and make your voice heard!
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A portable or fixed standby 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 as the 2019 hurricane season ramps up.
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Communities often come together after disasters to help each other, not only with the physical tasks, but also for emotional support.
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More so than people in some other parts of the country, Floridians live with the risk of natural disaster – specifically, hurricanes.
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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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Marcus Johnson has a plan. He always has had a plan.
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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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Florida voters age 50-plus strongly support a Florida legislative proposal to import FDA-approved prescription drugs from Canada and other countries to help lower costs. Some 73 percent of 50-plus voters, including two-thirds of Republicans, support the plan, a new AARP survey shows.
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