— By Tom Scherberger Sharona Young, a medically retired Navy chief petty officer, is a multi-medalist in two National Veterans Wheelchair Games. But the chance to win more medals is not the main draw for this summer’s event in Orlando. “It’s just a good time—veterans from all over the country together in a friendly competition,” said Young, 36, of Orlando, who retired on a full military disability after developing multiple sclerosis during her service. “Some people may be intimidated when they …

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— In a joint AARP-POLITICO poll released today, Florida voters age 50 and over do not feel better off financially despite a growing economy. The poll also found that Social Security and health care will be very important to 50-plus voters when they cast ballots for Congress in the mid-term elections, and they are deeply concerned about the future of Medicare. 

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— Roughly 3 million Floridians care for older parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities, or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their homes and communities, where they want to be. A labor of love, family caregiving can be exhausting and overwhelming. That doesn’t change on Election Day. It can be incredibly difficult for many family caregivers to take a break from their caregiving responsibilities to get to the local polling station. And if a caregiver’s love one …

— Hurricane season starts in June, and AARP Florida is encouraging everyone to be prepared. Residents should consider whether their health would suffer without air conditioning or fresh water, and should have at least three days’ worth of supplies. An emergency kit should include drinking water, food, medications, first aid supplies, flashlights, extra batteries and important documents. Florida was hit hard by Hurricane Irma in 2017. The storm caused at least 85 deaths, including 14 in a Broward County nursing home …

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— Tallahassee, Fla. – Millions of Florida residents will find their 2018 Memorial Day weekend affected by Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. For Floridians 50-plus, it is important to take the storm’s risks seriously, AARP’s top state official in Florida said Saturday. “Because this storm has formed before hurricane season has officially begun, and because it is not considered likely to become a major hurricane, Floridians age 50-plus may be tempted to take …

— By Mary Gatta Special to AARP Florida A care-free retirement in the warm Florida sunshine can be an elusive dream – especially for older women – according to a new report released by the St. Augustine and Jacksonville Florida branches of the American Association of University Women. The report, Women, Economic Insecurity and Aging in the Florida Sunshine, found that 40 percent of all retired households in Florida are living in economic insecurity. Even more troubling, more than two-thirds of …

— This will be the fifth year AARP Jacksonville has been a proud sponsor of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, and each year it’s been our pleasure to connect with area residents and visitors from a span of Southeastern states. We’re upping the fun levels this year! If you thought last year’s Dance Party was off the hook (see video below), stop by this year to boogie down with us at Hogan and Adams Streets, just a stones throw from the main …

— AARP Miami invites you to join us at multiple events at the Biltmore Hotel, a National Historic Landmark. Come enjoy health and wellness activities as well as culinary courses and the legendary Afternoon Tea in the hotel’s magnificent and newly renovated lobby. AARP has partnered with The Biltmore Hotel to offer a series of fun filled events for your wellbeing during the months of May and June. You are invited to experience the Coral Gables lifestyle and to participate in …

— AARP Florida along with the Historical Society of Palm Beach County will honor veterans and members of the military at the annual celebration of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 19th from 10 am to 1 pm. Visitors to the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum will be entertained and informed during a colorful commemoration of our nation’s military history and Palm Beach County’s veterans. Displays and presentations will share the county’s role in American war efforts …