— 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 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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— 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 …

— 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 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 …

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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 …