Former AARP state leaders receive recognition for their contributions to helping older adults

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-27T14:55:15+00:00">September 27, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-27T15:35:29+00:00">September 27, 2017</time> by AARP North Carolina

  RALEIGH — Former AARP North Carolina volunteer leaders Richard “Dick” and Diana “Dee” Hatch received recognition for their long-time contributions to improving the lives of older adults in North Carolina. The Hatches, along with aging advocate Polly Williams, were presented with Pioneer Awards by the NC Coalition on Aging, a statewide alliance composed of 61 organizations including AARP that are focused on aging issues in North Carolina. The Pioneer Award was established in 2016 to recognize individuals who have …

Starting your own business? AARP can help.

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-27T11:13:46+00:00">September 27, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-27T11:27:30+00:00">September 27, 2017</time> by AARP North Carolina

Are you 50 or over and want to start or grow a small business? Join us at a special Networking Event in Asheville on Thursday, October 5 and get inspiring ideas and meet people who can help you get started with your business plan, financing, expert mentoring and more.  AARP in the Mountain Region has teamed up with Mountain BizWorks, SCORE and other community resources to offer fun with purpose.  Join us to explore the real possibilities for you and entrepreneur-ism. Whether …

Your Guide to New Fall Workshops in Charlotte

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-19T13:37:51+00:00">September 19, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-19T13:37:52+00:00">September 19, 2017</time> by

Do you know that AARP offers workshops in the Charlotte region? Whether you’re an AARP member or not, over 50 or not, all of our programs are free of charge, free of any sales pitches, and all geared towards helping you achieve real possibilities. Come and take advantage of one or all of AARP Charlotte Fall programs led by our dedicated facilitators! Life Reimagined The life you’ve dreamed of having is actually very possible. To make it real doesn’t require …

AARP Community Challenge Grants Help Fuel Short and Long-Term Change

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-08T11:10:28+00:00">September 8, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-08T11:10:29+00:00">September 8, 2017</time> by AARP North Carolina

RALEIGH — To help make North Carolina communities more livable for people of all ages, AARP NC awarded three “Community Challenge” grants to organizations working to expand opportunities and engagement for all residents. A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services. Once in place, those resources enhance personal independence; allow residents to age in place; and foster residents’ engagement in the community’s civic, …

Hurricane Irma & Governor’s State of Emergency – 5 Things to do TODAY

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-09-07T09:33:58+00:00">September 7, 2017</time> by AARP North Carolina

Facing the most dangerous hurricane on record, NC Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency for North Carolina.  While the exact path is uncertain, meteorologists predict Irma will move into the Carolinas between Sept 12-15.  It will likely hit with a strong wind field and heavy rainfall, which could have devastating effects.  AARP North Carolina advises its members to heed these five items to act on as soon as possible: Enough medicine, but not too much. If the …

Raise your voice before they raise your rates

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-08-29T13:51:20+00:00">August 29, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-08-29T14:13:30+00:00">August 29, 2017</time> by AARP North Carolina

North Carolina’s residential ratepayers are in for quite a shock if Duke Energy gets it way. Duke Energy, which includes Duke Energy Progress in Eastern North Carolina, and Duke Carolinas in the Western part of the state, has filed a request to the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC) to increase its overall rates by 14.9%. Increased rates and service charges For North Carolina residential customers, the rate increase would be even higher, about 16.7% or $17.80 more on the average customer’s …

North Carolina Elected Officials Recognized by AARP as “Capitol Caregivers”

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-08-16T14:17:00+00:00">August 16, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-08-16T14:17:35+00:00">August 16, 2017</time> by AARP North Carolina

RALEIGH — For their efforts to support the needs of family caregivers, AARP recognized four members of the North Carolina General Assembly and former Governor Pat McCrory for their legislative leadership to help those taking care of loved ones in the Tarheel State. At a meeting today of the NC Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia, AARP North Carolina presented its “Capitol Caregiver” Awards to the former Governor as well Representatives Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D), Pat Hurley (R), Graig Meyer …

Why advocacy matters — state legislative victories

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-07-28T11:13:35+00:00">July 28, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-07-28T11:13:36+00:00">July 28, 2017</time> by AARP North Carolina

You did it! With a little over half of the year behind us, I want to reflect on the legislative success made possible by AARP volunteers like you.  Dozens of volunteers met with elected officials, while thousands of home-based activists sent important e-mails and made calls.  Volunteers even staffed community events, talked to the public about the issues at stake and convinced many to sign petitions to elected officials.  Even more boldy, some volunteers told their personal stories in videos, helping …

Governor Signs into Law Three Measures to Help Family Caregivers

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-07-21T12:13:32+00:00">July 21, 2017</time> by AARP North Carolina

Many of North Carolina’s family caregivers, patients, and retirees may welcome three new measures AARP helped gain bi-partisan support for through the General Assembly. This week, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law three bills to make life a little easier and more affordable for many older adults and their families. Nurse Licensure Compact To help respond to a shortage of healthcare workers in North Carolina, licensed nurses from other states can now move here and begin working with less red …

Improving health care – a win for North Carolinia patients

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-07-07T11:02:50+00:00">July 7, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-07-10T11:21:39+00:00">July 10, 2017</time> by AARP North Carolina

Making it easier for licensed nurses to practice in NC Legislation to allow nurses to practice in any state that is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact passed the North Carolina General Assembly last week. AARP helped push for the legislation that maintains patient safety and quality of care while making it easier for nurses to practice in our state. It allows licensed nurses from other states to practice in North Carolina without having to get re-licensed. The passage of …