— 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!

— 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 …

— Three AARP Community Challenge grants totaling $29,000 aim to make communities more age-friendly. Grants are going to Jacksonville’s Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council, for a bike- and wheelchair-maintenance station; to the Urban Health Partnership/Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, to add benches near trees at transit stops; and to Keys to Peace in Tavernier, for an intergenerational garden at a senior center. The garden will increase access to healthful foods and bring adults and children together to plant and harvest vegetables and flowers. …