— 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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— 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. What is Dupuytren disease? Dupuytren disease makes fingers permanently bent. It’s the …

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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.

— By Amy Sherman More than six months after Hurricane Michael ripped through northern Florida and destroyed her trailer, Della Stephens still has no permanent place to call home. The $7,000 in assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wasn’t enough to pay for repairs to her Marianna mobile home, said Stephens, who is living with a friend. Last fall, the 68-year-old also discovered an important lesson about hurricanes: Have enough medication on hand. She ran out of her blood …

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— Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins announced Tuesday that the State of Florida has joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, a move hailed by AARP as a major step toward making Florida even more livable for people of every age. “I am pleased that Florida is joining this network to take concrete, actionable steps that will make our state more friendly and livable, not only for children and working-age adults, …

— AARP Florida, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, and the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative invites your participation at the 4th Annual Age-Friendly Communities Sharing Symposium The FREE two-day event is designed for community leaders and partners across the Aging Network and beyond – to advance Age-Friendly and Dementia-Caring practices that enhance life for all Floridians. By sharing Best Practices, the event will provide you – and your community – with opportunities to: Learn from others who are advancing age and dementia-friendly …

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— Tallahassee, Fla. – AARP’s Florida state director, Jeff Johnson, issued the following statement today urging Florida lawmakers to push ahead with Gov. Ron DeSantis’s vision of lowering the cost of prescription drugs, citing a powerful positive reaction to the initiative from AARP members. “AARP Florida members overwhelmingly support the concept of lowering prescription drug costs through importation of safe, low-cost, FDA-approved prescription drugs,” Johnson said. “This issue is very important to older voters, who vote in large numbers in every …