— 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!

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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. …

— With Hurricane Michael striking North Florida less than 30 days before the Nov. 6 general election, one urgent consideration for many Panhandle residents is how to cast their vote. Elections officials are working across the region to make it possible for all registered voters to cast their ballot, but the how-to details of voting in this election vary from county to county. We’ve got a breakdown for you.

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— Tallahassee, Fla. – Ever since the winds died down, community and nonprofit organizations have been gearing up and working to provide relief to Panhandle residents hit hard by Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10. But even though hundreds of volunteers are working in the 12-county storm-affected area, many more volunteers are needed – and the need for volunteers will continue for months, according to volunteer leaders. “AARP Florida will be working alongside the people of the Panhandle every step of the …

— TALLAHASSEE, Fla., — To kick off November, Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and to help older Floridians recover from Hurricane Michael, AARP Florida is teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Project to host the “Fill-A-Truck” event at the annual “Forget-Me-Not-Walk.”  Alzheimer’s Project. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Cascades Park in downtown Tallahassee will kick off a day of events that will support North Floridians living with Alzheimer’s Disease and older Floridians affected by the hurricane. Hurricane Michael has devastated the eastern Florida Panhandle. …

— With electricity, cell phone service and even landline communications knocked out or damaged in much of the eastern Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael, one major emerging need is for information about who needs help. While most people age 50-plus treasure their independence and vigor, natural disasters can hit older people especially hard. AARP is working to connect those you care about to assistance. At present, it is difficult if not impossible for public officials and aid workers to get in …

— By Tom Scherberger Voters 50 and older will have a significant say in deciding the winner of the U.S. Senate battle between two political heavyweights: three-term Sen. Bill Nelson (D), 76, and Gov. Rick Scott (R), 65, who is finishing his second term. An AARP poll conducted earlier this year in partnership with Politico asked Florida’s 50-plus voters to rank the importance of nine key issues. Large majorities cited Social Security (82 percent) and health care (78 percent) as their …