— 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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— 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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— 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 …

— Older voters are a force in the Sunshine State: Nearly a fifth of Florida’s population is 65 and older, and 2016 exit polls showed half of Floridians who voted were 50 or older. AARP Florida urges members to make their strength known at the polls Nov. 6, when elections will be held for governor and all state executive branch offices, one U.S. senator, 27 U.S. House seats, 20 state senators and all 120 state House seats. As a nonpartisan organization, …