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— In a joint AARP-POLITICO poll released today, Florida voters age 50 and over do not feel better off financially despite a growing economy. The poll also found that Social Security and health care will be very important to 50-plus voters when they cast ballots for Congress in the mid-term elections, and they are deeply concerned about the future of Medicare. 

— Hurricane season starts in June, and AARP Florida is encouraging everyone to be prepared. Residents should consider whether their health would suffer without air conditioning or fresh water, and should have at least three days’ worth of supplies. An emergency kit should include drinking water, food, medications, first aid supplies, flashlights, extra batteries and important documents. Florida was hit hard by Hurricane Irma in 2017. The storm caused at least 85 deaths, including 14 in a Broward County nursing home …

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— Tallahassee, Fla. – Millions of Florida residents will find their 2018 Memorial Day weekend affected by Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. For Floridians 50-plus, it is important to take the storm’s risks seriously, AARP’s top state official in Florida said Saturday. “Because this storm has formed before hurricane season has officially begun, and because it is not considered likely to become a major hurricane, Floridians age 50-plus may be tempted to take …

— 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 …

— By Michelle Cerulli McAdams When Deborah Brigell first heard about the Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network (MAVEN) Project last year, she had already begun scaling back her medical practice and was trying to find a way to give back. “I was really looking for meaningful volunteer work where I could use my skills as an endocrinologist and specialist, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity,” said Brigell, 61, who is based in Boston. “I was intrigued by the MAVEN Project …

— AARP Tallahassee is happy to participate in the Tallahassee-Leon County Bike Month activities. And we’re happy to sponsor the Slow Roll Booker Bike Ride on May 5. Check out the month’s activities. We hope to see you at one (or more) of them! Tallahassee-Leon County Bicycle Expo, Tuesday, May 1, 6 p.m. Please join Planning Staff and our community partners for a night of food and cycling! To officially kick off Bike Month, the bike expo will be located at …

— AARP collaborates with APA Florida chapter to highlight innovative projects that focus on 50+ residents We hear the buzzword innovation a lot these days. It may make us think of a gadget, app or perhaps a robot that can cook our dinners. Why that may be useful, they perhaps only serve the one person using it. Why not have innovation in planning our cities and communities? Think about it: If we can get urban designers and city planners to think …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 19, 2018 CONTACT:  Dave Bruns, 850.228.2759, dbruns@aarp.org TALLAHASSEE – AARP Florida has urged members of the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission to put a proposal on the November 2018 ballot that would enshrine certain basic human rights of nursing-home and assisted-living facility residents in the state constitution. AARP supports a substitute amendment to Proposal No. 88 that could come before the Constitutional Revision Commission as soon as today.  Commissioners Brecht Heuchan and Don Gaetz offered the substitute amendment. …

— Eyesight is critically important to everyone, and it’s a special concern for people 50-plus as they age. Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, a South Florida opthamologist, reached out to AARP Florida to share six tips to help you prevent ocular disease as you grow older.  Coupled with earlier diagnosing of eye diseases, these tips might save your sight and sometimes your life: Schedule an annual comprehensive exam: Having an annual comprehensive eye exam, including an optical coherence tomography (OCT) can be instrumental …