— 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!

— As one of the first Florida cities to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, Tallahassee has been working since 2016 to make itself a community that is livable for people of every age. With older populations growing both in Florida and here in the Capital City, it’s especially important that the community support an active, healthy lifestyle for people of all ages. On Jan. 24 & 25, AARP and the City of Tallahassee came together for the 20th Annual …

— Home to Honeymoon Island, Dunedin holds a plethora of activities for senior residents to enjoy during their retirement. Dunedin offers an easy-to-walk-through downtown that is lined with antique shops, galleries, and restaurants.  In addition to calm daily life Dunedin offers, the city also has the Hale Senior Activity Center which specializes in programs and classes specifically designed for ages 50 and older. The “DCoA”, also known as Dunedin’s Committee on Aging holds public meetings at the center. Their mission is …

— Although it is most known for its historical landmarks such as the world-famous Biltmore Hotel and the Venetian Pool, both built in the 1920s, Coral Gables has much to give to the 50+ community. Coral Gables offers a wide arrangement of programs and lectures for the 50 + community. All of these programs are held at Coral Gables new Adult Activity Center, which exclusively host the city’s programming for residents 50 and older.  Some of the highlighted programs they offer …

— Hurricane Michael hit north Florida in October, leaving a swath of destruction 80 miles wide. Older adults may be especially vulnerable during the rebuilding period, months after the state experienced this potent storm. Recognizing this, AARP Florida will be providing guidance on ways to rebuild communities that are more livable and resilient, particularly for those in coastal and Panhandle areas who were living in manufactured or mobile homes. To learn more, go to aarp.org/fldisasterhelp. AARP Florida is also preparing an …

— 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 …