— 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!

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Destino “Seed for Change” 2018 celebrates its Eighth Year! Doral, Fla. – On Saturday, April 14, 2018 hundreds will gather at Miami-Dade College North Campus for the DESTINO Leadership Academy where they will learn skills and obtain resources that will pay great dividends for themselves and their communities. Now in its eighth year, DESTINO teaches its students the necessary skills to be effective communicators, successful entrepreneurs and all-around leaders who can bring about positive social change in their communities. The …

— Nothing weaves together the tapestry of South Florida’s vibrant and diverse cultures better than music. That’s why AARP Miami is sponsoring Jazz in the Gardens, traditionally the inaugural event in South Florida’s music-festival season. Jazz in the Gardens is the City of Miami Gardens’ premiere entertainment event. The event brings world-renowned talent to Miami Gardens and gives local artists the opportunity to put their music out there for attendees to enjoy. Event-goers find themselves immersed in the rich beats and …

— Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker and other headliners are bringing their sweet sounds to the Jazz in the Gardens festival March 17-18. The 13th annual Miami Gardens event will be held on the grounds of Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive. AARP in Miami is a sponsor. Gates open at 3 p.m. each day and performances begin at 4 p.m. Fantasia, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and the Jazz in the Gardens All Stars will also perform during the festival, …

— While you paint, get to know AARP staff, volunteers and members and learn more about what AARP is doing in your local community. During the session, a local artist will guide you with step by step instructions, as you create your own masterpiece and sip a beverage of your choice. This event is open to AARP members, family and friends. Join us! Friday, March 9, 2018 in Miami! This class is being provided by Painting with a Twist®. Dis­counted class …

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— For many years, AARP Florida has been a leading voice fighting for consumers on utilities across the state and nation. In some cases, AARP Florida is the only voice representing residential ratepayers. Last year alone, AARP played an important role in the Legislature’s decision to defeat a plan that would have allowed electric-power companies to explore for natural gas in risky drilling projects in other states – and charge consumers up to $22.5 billion over 30 years for the gamble, …

Florida State Capitol. Photo by Adobe Stock
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— TALLAHASSEE – As Florida lawmakers prepared to gather in the state capitol for the 2018 legislative session, AARP Florida urged lawmakers to embrace innovative solutions to the problem of providing emergency backup power for elder-care facilities in the aftermath of a major disaster. AARP Florida Advocacy Manager Jack McRay sent a letter to all 160 state lawmakers urging them to require that all Florida nursing homes and assisted-living facilities have emergency backup power generators and fuel sufficient to provide emergency …