— 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!

— Three AARP Community Challenge grants totaling $29,000 aim to make communities more age-friendly. Grants are going to Jacksonville’s Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council, for a bike- and wheelchair-maintenance station; to the Urban Health Partnership/Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, to add benches near trees at transit stops; and to Keys to Peace in Tavernier, for an intergenerational garden at a senior center. The garden will increase access to healthful foods and bring adults and children together to plant and harvest vegetables and flowers. …

— 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 …

— St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida State President Donna Ginn of Miami has appointed an Orlando community leader, Jerome T. Williams, to a team of AARP Florida volunteer leaders. The AARP Florida Executive Council is a team of volunteers from across the state that exemplifies leadership that supports the execution of AARP priorities statewide. “Jerome brings a wealth of experience to the Executive Council.” Ginn said. “He has worked closely with the Orlando team on our Livable Communities’ initiative and …

— 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 …