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Savvy Set

  • Medicare Part D’s “doughnut hole” is anything but sweet

     By DOUG HEINLEN

  • Maturity pays off for housing authority

    Donald Raleigh, a resident of Levy County for 23 years, is just the kind of worker you want if you have a home in need of repair. The Jackson, Ky. native has worked in construction, operated a crane, even done metal work at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. 

  • AARP installs new 2011 officers

    From left Alfonso Johnson, District Team Leader; Secretary, Felice Swalla; Treasurer, Nancy Padgett; President Randy Durden; and Vice President Betty Durden.

  • Senior center Santa

    On December 17, Santa visited the Cruse Senior Center where seniors meet every day to enjoy fellowship, games and lunch.
    The Cruse Center is located on the corner of US Hwy. 129 and NW 50th St. - four miles north of the blinker light in Bell. If you are a senior (60 years old and up), please feel free to join them.
    Our local Santa, Michael Moore, also visited the Trenton Senior Center. Please come and join other seniors at either one of our Senior Centers during the coming year.

  • AARP news

    By NORM CONTI
    Publicity
    AARP held its regular monthly meeting Dec. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lodge of Otter Springs.
    December is our fund raising month; we will be having a Silent Auction of all of the items that the members bring in.  There are always many good buys for the wise shopper. The high-lite of the day will be the "noisey auction" where you will have a chance to bid on items donated by local merchants.  It's always a lot of fun.

  • AARP schedules winter driving classes

       The AARP Safe Driving Course class schedule has been announced for the first three months of 2011.
       Because Florida state law requires that any insurance company doing business in the state must give a discount to those completing an AARP Safe Driving Course, it's a good idea to update yourself and get information on newly enacted motor vehicle and traffic laws. Contact your agent for discount amounts.

  • Social Security homepage redesigned

  • Tips for retiring in an uncertain economy

    With the dust finally settling around the nation's economic crisis, baby boomers are taking stock to see if their retirement plans need revising.
    There are many ways to adjust to today's economic uncertainty: from working longer to changing investment strategies or living situations.
    The shocking news for many is that some of their safety nets may no longer be viable.  

  • The Boomer Generation faces health and retirement choices

    By DOUG HEINLEN
    AARP Florida President
    On Jan. 1, 2011, the first wave of Baby Boomers — 2.8 million of them in this one year alone — will begin turning 65. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that almost 8,000 people a day will celebrate that significant birthday, and it's a process that will continue through 2039 when the last of the 78 million Boomers reaches 65.
    The months leading up to this milestone birthday are fraught with decisions about retirement, health care and lifestyles.

  • Elder Affairs offers classes

     As a part of the Title III D Program of the Older Americans Act, the Elder Options Division of Community Outreach and Healthy Aging began presenting a series of education programs and classes. The goal of the effort is to create a noticeable difference in health and well-being of elders through health promotion and disease prevention.