— 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!

— Por Michelle Cerulli McAdams El voluntario de Meals on Wheels, Bruce De Grace, de 68 años, lleva más que almuerzo a sus clientes por todo el condado de Pinellas. También ofrece amistad y conversación. El residente de Largo, quien prestó servicio en el ejército por 20 años, empezó como voluntario hace dos años para honrar a su fallecida esposa, Carol Lynn Zepp, quien hubiera querido prestar su tiempo como voluntaria durante su jubilación. Acerca de su muerte en el 2015, …

— 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 Hurricane Michael striking North Florida less than 30 days before the Nov. 6 general election, one urgent consideration for many Panhandle residents is how to cast their vote. Elections officials are working across the region to make it possible for all registered voters to cast their ballot, but the how-to details of voting in this election vary from county to county. We’ve got a breakdown for you.

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— Tallahassee, Fla. – Ever since the winds died down, community and nonprofit organizations have been gearing up and working to provide relief to Panhandle residents hit hard by Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10. But even though hundreds of volunteers are working in the 12-county storm-affected area, many more volunteers are needed – and the need for volunteers will continue for months, according to volunteer leaders. “AARP Florida will be working alongside the people of the Panhandle every step of the …

— 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 …

— St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida Manager of State Operations Dionne Polite announced today that Ingrid Collins, an experienced association and business professional with deep roots in Central Florida, is joining AARP’s team of volunteers and staff as Associate State Director for Community Engagement in Central Florida. Collins, 53, has had more than 20 years of experience working with CEOs, executives, and other leaders to support constituents, customers, and members. Her experience includes working within for-profit and non-profit organizations including …

— Jacksonville, Fla. – Every year since 2001, AARP members, volunteers and staff have joined together in a National Day of Service to honor the victims, families and first responders of the 9/11 terror attacks.  On Tuesday, Sept. 11, AARP volunteers and staff will step up again to serve homeless and struggling veterans in Jacksonville. This year, AARP in Jacksonville will be at the Clara White Mission, 613 W. Ashley Street, to assist local veterans who are homeless or struggling. The …