— 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. …

— Destino “Seed for Change” 2018 celebrates its Eighth Year! Doral, Fla. – On Saturday, April 14, 2018 hundreds will gather at Miami-Dade College North Campus for the DESTINO Leadership Academy where they will learn skills and obtain resources that will pay great dividends for themselves and their communities. Now in its eighth year, DESTINO teaches its students the necessary skills to be effective communicators, successful entrepreneurs and all-around leaders who can bring about positive social change in their communities. The …

— 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.  …

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— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2018 CONTACT: Dave Bruns, 850.228.2759, dbruns@aarp.org TALLAHASSEE – AARP Florida issued the following statement today urging Gov. Rick Scott to veto SB 920, adopted in the 2018 Legislature, which puts consumers at higher risk of predatory lending practices by companies making “payday loans.” “We’re asking Gov. Scott to veto this legislation because it’s bad for Florida consumers of all ages, but especially for older Floridians of modest means,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP’s Florida state director. “More …

— Nothing weaves together the tapestry of South Florida’s vibrant and diverse cultures better than music. That’s why AARP Miami is sponsoring Jazz in the Gardens, traditionally the inaugural event in South Florida’s music-festival season. Jazz in the Gardens is the City of Miami Gardens’ premiere entertainment event. The event brings world-renowned talent to Miami Gardens and gives local artists the opportunity to put their music out there for attendees to enjoy. Event-goers find themselves immersed in the rich beats and …

— 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 …

— St. Petersburg, Fla. — For 50 years, tens of thousands of AARP Foundation volunteers nationwide and nearly 3,000 from across Florida have made older taxpayers a great offer: They’ll help you prepare your annual federal income tax returns – and they’ll do it for free. Starting Feb. 1 through April 17, AARP Foundation will do it again. AARP Foundation volunteers will provide free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax …

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— TALLAHASSEE – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement Wednesday following an announcement that Gov. Rick Scott’s administration and groups representing Florida nursing-home and assisted-living facilities have reached an agreement on requiring backup emergency electrical generators for cooling at long-term care facilities. “This agreement reflects encouraging progress as Florida faces the beginning of another hurricane season in only five months,” Johnson said.  “Now it’s time for state lawmakers to follow through and enact the provisions of this agreement into …