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Hillsborough County Aging Services

Hillsborough County senior citizens stuck without power and looking for a cool place to go have some options Friday and next week.

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Ann Stevens has been receiving treatment for Parkinson’s disease at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute for nine years.

But on this day, it's her husband, Jim, who's taking a balance test.

Sarasota County has a higher percentage of people over 65 than any other large county in the nation. And some business leaders now say that all those seniors - rather than a demographic drawback - could be a valuable asset.

They could actually help diversify the economy - even turn the county into what they're calling a "mecca" for those who want to learn what an aging population looks like.

Older men are at high risk of suicide, and they're far more likely to kill themselves if they have access to firearms.

Doctors should ask relatives of older people with depression or cognitive problems if there are guns in the home, much as they might ask about whether it's time to take away the car keys, an academic paper says.

Florida Seniors Living Longer - But Not Better

May 29, 2013

America’s Health Ranking just released its first Senior Health Ranking, and it says seniors are living longer but they aren’t living better, especially in states like Florida.

Florida’s over-65 population is set to increase by almost 88% over the next 15 years. America’s Health Ranking’s 'Senior Health Ranking' put Florida low on the list because of our number of chronic senior drinkers, seniors with more than one health problem, as well as a large percentage of inactive elderly.

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For retired singles looking for love, Florida has all the right places -- or at least most of them.

A new survey by the 50-plus dating website OurTime.com ranks the Top 10 U.S. Cities for Retired Singles Looking for Love. Seven are in Florida:

1. Ocala
2. Cape Coral
3. Bradenton
4. Delray Beach

5. Mesa, Ariz.
6. Naples
7. Clearwater
8. Boynton Beach
9. Vancouver, Wash.
10. Salem, Ore.