— 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 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 …

— Doral, Fla. – A global leader of a movement to make cities livable for people of all ages will weigh in Thursday on how Miami could redesign itself, thanks to AARP Florida and the Miami Downtown Development Authority. Author and livability expert Gil Penelosa, founder and chair of the board of 8 80 Cities, will speak at a luncheon about the importance of creating a more youth and age-friendly Miami and the importance of intergenerational open spaces, such as parks. …

— 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 …

— Get your community projects wish list in order, Florida, because here’s your chance to get some funding. The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is back and now accepting grant applications for local projects that spark change and improve the quality of life for people of all ages in communities nationwide. For more information or to apply, visit AARP.org/CommunityChallenge These grants provide localities and nonprofits the chance to fund innovative projects that can inspire change in transportation, open spaces, housing and other …

— March 2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant in Town of Cutler Bay The AARP Community Challenge Grants were launched in 2017 by AARP as a way of investing in communities across the nation to facilitate projects that would improve the lives of the people living in them.  Over 1,200 grant applications were received, 46 of them from Florida alone; 89 projects granted and $780,000 in grant funds awarded.  Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge Grants.  …

— 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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— TALLAHASSEE – AARP Florida is urging state utility regulators to permanently lower the rates that homeowners and businesses are charged for electricity, natural gas and other utilities after a federal tax overhaul took effect on Jan. 1. Recent changes to federal tax law reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Accordingly, regulated utilities are clearly obligated to reduce rates immediately to reflect the tax savings, said Zayne Smith, Associate State Director for Advocacy for AARP Florida. “Today, …

— As a global movement to make communities more livable gathers momentum, Florida cities, counties and a key state agency are picking up speed in their own livability quest. A year of intense activity and great successes culminated with AARP Florida’s Second Annual Sharing Symposium in December at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg. Community leaders, urban planners and other Age-Friendly Network advocates, including the Florida Department of Elder Affairs andThe Patterson Foundation gathered together to share insights and information and …

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 …