NEW SCORECARD SHOWS WHERE NORTH CAROLINA NEEDS IMPROVEMENT TO SERVE OLDER ADULTS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

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RALEIGH, NC – North Carolina ranks 38th overall when it comes to services available for our aging population, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Even worse, NC’s support for family caregivers, especially those in families with long-term diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, ranks just eight slots from the bottom. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term …

The Good, the Bad, and the State Budget Negotiations

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This week North Carolina budget leaders head behind closed doors to negotiate differences between the State House and Senate versions of the budget.  While the budget negotiations won’t be a shootout in the old west for now, several budget items will need to be negotiated before both chambers can approve a plan that must then be sent to the Governor for final approval before June 30th. Aging To better address the needs of our aging population, the House budget recommends …

What’s wrong with Medicare vouchers? There has to be a “better way.”

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By Jim Buchanan Here in North Carolina, through painful experience, we know a thing or two about floods. With a flood, most of the focus – necessarily – is on not being swept away in the turbulent waters. But there’s more than the rushing waters. There’s what’s beneath – who knows what kind of contaminants picked up in the deluge, who knows what kinds of creepy-crawlies lurking beneath. That’s the way it is with Washington these days. The normal trickle …

Nurses heal. Red tape doesn’t.

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AARP is fighting to improve North Carolinians access to affordable health care, in their communities, by cutting through the bureaucratic red tape that prevents nurse practitioners—and all advanced practice registered nurses—from doing their jobs. Right now, 28 states including North Carolina still have archaic rules that restrict nurse practitioners from using all their skills and training to provide primary and preventive care, including: routine health care such as diagnosing and treating patients management of chronic conditions ordering lab tests prescribing …

The biggest risk to your retirement plans are Congress’ changes to Medicare that shift more costs to you

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By Doug Dickerson, State Director, AARP North Carolina Few eyes are on Medicare, the healthcare plan that workers have paid into straight from their paychecks for almost 53 years.  Workers know that if there’s one thing that’s certain, is that healthcare is guaranteed if a person, regardless of their condition, can live to at least age 65.  Now, while the country’s attention is distracted with the President’s political troubles, conservative Congressional leaders are moving towards implementing a plan to drastically …

Put some real “Care” into Caregiving with the CARE Act

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Lorri’s Story Two and a half years ago my doctors found a tumor wrapped around my spinal cord. It left me paralyzed. I only spent two weeks in a rehab hospital before being released to go home and live my new life. I’m a single 55 ( 52 at the time ) year-old woman. I have no family and my friends were never trained in anyway how to help, or even how to make sure my home was set up …

AARP letter to US House Members — making a bad bill worse

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AARP shared this letter with Members of Congress on Wednesday. Those concerned about the effects of the new AHCA plan, are urged to call their Representative today via this advocacy hotline:  #1-844-866-1425.   April 26, 2017 Dear Representative: AARP, with its nearly 38 million members in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, nationwide organization that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and …

Kicking a dead mule – how the new AHCA falls short

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Why anyone would attempt to revive a health care reform bill that sank into the waters of the Potomac just weeks ago is a puzzler. Why they would revive it and attempt to pass it by making it potentially even less popular is more puzzling still. Yet that’s where we find ourselves, as the House Freedom Caucus, led by Rep. Mark Meadows, NC-11, who appears to have caved to Washington’s pressure for a dramatic “win.” Now, repealing the patient protections …

NC should join the 35 states, DC and territories that help transition loved ones from the hospital to their homes

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Having a loved one in the hospital can be a stressful and emotional experience — especially if you don’t have the support you need. Each day, 40 million family caregivers help older parents, spouses, children with disabilities and other loved ones live independently at home. They help with bathing and dressing, manage finances, stand by their loved one’s side when they go into the hospital, care for them when they return home, and so much more. Some family caregivers, like …

Public notice in print at risk, once again

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RALEIGH — Every day important notices are published in the pages of newspapers across North Carolina.  These notices catalog government actions in cases of bid notices, changes in zoning, hearing notices, auctions, property transfers, delinquent tax notices and more.   Did you know there are efforts, once again, to move important public notices out of print newspapers and onto government websites? The demographics of a newspaper reader tend to be an older audience, especially in rural areas.  For this older, and …