Building a Society of Savers to Promote Self-Reliance and Curb Government Growth

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RALEIGH — National retirement security expert David C. John, spoke to a group of political and business leaders in Raleigh this week about a voluntary and low-cost way for small businesses to offer an easy and portable way for workers to save. North Carolina has 1.7 million private sector workers without access to workplace retirement savings plans, proven to be the easiest and most effective way for workers to save for retirement. Research has proven that when workers can save …

Duty, honor, courage, AARP salutes America’s Veterans

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Silver Spring, MD — American Heroes Channel (AHC) has teamed up with AARP on a unique collaboration, kicking off this Veteran’s Day with the premiere of the all-new special, THE BATTLE I’LL NEVER FORGET. Produced exclusively for AHC by AARP Studios, THE BATTLE I’LL NEVER FORGET examines some of the most critical conflicts in American history, told first-hand by the heroes who fought on the ground, in the sky, and on the seas. Anchoring AHC’s annual DUTY, HONOR, COURAGE programming …

Promoting patriotism through the arts

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Veterans Day is around the corner and in honor of Veterans, you’ll learn more about Flags Across the Nation, an organization that is creating opportunities for children and adults to get involved in creating patriotic art, letter writing, making blankets and demonstrating respect for the American flag while giving support to our troops, wounded warriors, recovering soldiers and veterans with art, letters, blankets, flags and art/photo contests and exhibits. On WBT Radio’s “Without Limits,” live on the air or online …

State lawmakers can prevent poverty in retirement with a simple way to boost savings

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“If you have a pension, you’re one of the lucky ones,” said a Duke economist acknowledging that over the past few decades, most employers have shifted away from maintaining a pension fund for their workers and former employees. Increasingly, it’s up to people to save on their own, usually through a 401K from their employer or from opening an Individual Retirement Account. Yet, many workers are finding themselves near retirement, without the retirement income or savings they need to stay …

Dignity and respect through advanced illness with palliative care

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According to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Charlotte Region (HPCCR), “Facing a serious illness is difficult.  But even through the challenges, you have the right to live your life with dignity and respect.  You deserve exceptional care and a team who can offer you the best quality of life possible.” This Charlotte organization is one group working to improve both the quality of care and quality of life for patients and their families. For many, being as comfortable as possible during …

Celebrate in honor of Veterans and those who serve

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Join us at a Celebration of Our Freedom in Wilmington on November 10, 11, 12 and 13 and enjoy some great live music, dancing, classic film, helpful information, discount tour admission for the USS North Carolina* with AARP membership card, food, friendship and fun! *AARP members: enjoy discount admission on the USS NC Battleship by showing your AARP membership card on November 11-13, 2016. Discounted water taxi rides to the Battleship by showing your AARP membership card on November 12 …

Governor candidates share their proposals on making North Carolina more “age-friendly.”

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AARP North Carolina released the third and final part of the Gubernatorial Voters Guide with Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper. The two present their proposals to make communities across the state “age-friendly.” When it comes to meeting the needs of a rapidly aging state population, the candidates share their ideas on how to make communities better places for all ages. In a related development, at last night’s Wake County Commissioners meeting, the county formally enlisted in the …

AARP survey of state’s most active voters finds high levels of financial anxiety

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RALEIGH — A new AARP survey of North Carolina registered voters ages 45 plus, finds an information gap when it comes to voters’ knowledge of the gubernatorial candidates’ policy proposals and the voting issues that age cohort care most about. The same survey found that the vast majority of older voters, 97 percent, plan to participate in Election 2016, and will be a deciding factor in both the federal and state races. AARP North Carolina Director Doug Dickerson explains, in …

Mecklenburg County joins the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

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Charlotte, NC – With nearly a quarter of the state’s residents expected to be age 60 or older by the year 2030, Mecklenburg County took an important step to become a better place for people of all ages. On Sept. 20, 2016, County leaders announced that the County has applied for the World Health Organization’s status of “age-friendly” by joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all …

Candidates for Governor share their plans to support family caregivers’ labor of love

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For the state’s most active voters, those ages 45 plus, helping older or disabled loved ones stay at home as long as possible is one of their top voting issues. State funding helps pay for the programs and services that help people age in place as well as support their family caregivers. With an estimated 1.9 million caregivers in North Carolina, there is growing concern about the availability of home and community-based services that assist families with this “labor of …