— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Florida for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Home to Honeymoon Island, Dunedin holds a plethora of activities for senior residents to enjoy during their retirement. Dunedin offers an easy-to-walk-through downtown that is lined with antique shops, galleries, and restaurants.  In addition to calm daily life Dunedin offers, the city also has the Hale Senior Activity Center which specializes in programs and classes specifically designed for ages 50 and older. The “DCoA”, also known as Dunedin’s Committee on Aging holds public meetings at the center. Their mission is …

— Although it is most known for its historical landmarks such as the world-famous Biltmore Hotel and the Venetian Pool, both built in the 1920s, Coral Gables has much to give to the 50+ community. Coral Gables offers a wide arrangement of programs and lectures for the 50 + community. All of these programs are held at Coral Gables new Adult Activity Center, which exclusively host the city’s programming for residents 50 and older.  Some of the highlighted programs they offer …

— No matter where you are in the journey of family caregiving – just beginning to anticipate a need, helping to coordinate a big move, or taking care of a family member full-time – having a good framework to help guide both you and your loved one will make the process easier. During this hour-long session, we will share a framework to help you make plans to care for friends, family members, or loved ones. You will have the opportunity to …

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— Tallahassee, Fla. – AARP Florida Friday urged Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’s new administration to “rebalance” Florida’s Medicaid long-term care budget so frail older and disabled Floridians could get more help to remain in their homes and communities, rather than being cared for in institutions such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Such a shift could make wiser use of Medicaid dollars and help Florida make progress on whittling down its growing waiting lists for care at a time when Florida’s …

— Hurricane Michael hit north Florida in October, leaving a swath of destruction 80 miles wide. Older adults may be especially vulnerable during the rebuilding period, months after the state experienced this potent storm. Recognizing this, AARP Florida will be providing guidance on ways to rebuild communities that are more livable and resilient, particularly for those in coastal and Panhandle areas who were living in manufactured or mobile homes. To learn more, go to aarp.org/fldisasterhelp. AARP Florida is also preparing an …

— By Michelle Cerulli McAdams Meals on Wheels volunteer Bruce DeGrace, 68, brings more than lunch to his clients throughout Pinellas County. He delivers friendship and conversation. The Largo resident, who served in the military for 20 years, started volunteering two years ago to honor his late wife, Carol Lynn Zepp, who had wanted to pursue volunteer work in retirement. About her death in 2015, he said, “I’ve had a hard time adjusting.” Then he learned about the Neighborly Care Network, …

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— St. Petersburg, Fla. –Annette Bellingar has been selected to receive the 2018 AARP Florida Andrus Award for Community Service — AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Florida selected Bellingar for her remarkable service which has benefited her community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. She has been a leader in the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Women’s Club, currently serving as first vice president.  In her work with the women’s club, she …