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 …

AARP North Carolina Gubernatorial Voters Guide

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RALEIGH — To help the state’s most active voters make informed decisions on Election Day, AARP North Carolina made available the first of a three-part video voters’ guide with Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper. Released on Facebook, promoted in the AARP Bulletin, and distributed through e-mail to the state’s 1.1 million AARP members, asks the candidates to explain their proposals to improve financial security, support family caregivers, and make communities across the state more age-friendly. AARP North …

Staying mentally sharp with a few important steps

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For most of us these days, staying “mentally sharp” as we age is a high priority. As past co-chair of the NC Institute of Medicine’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia, I heard from a lot of the state’s experts. And with all we’ve been hearing and reading about Alzheimer’s in recent years, it’s perfectly understandable that virtually any sign of memory loss can trigger real fears about a possible onset of that dead disease. Some may even unwisely …

Wake and Orange Counties join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

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RALEIGH, NC — North Carolina’s fastest growing demographic group is the 65+ cohort, and two counties in North Carolina are at the vanguard of working to stay ahead of the demographic change. Both Wake and Orange Counties are planning for the future by taking the steps needed to make the counties great places for residents of all ages. The two counties recently applied for the World Health Organization’s status of “age friendly,” by joining AARP’s Network of Age Friendly Communities. …

Voter and candidate reminder: AARP is strictly non-partisan

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As the largest representative of older voters in the state, it can be tempting to imply that AARP supports a particular party or candidate.  AARP has a proud history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to our members and their families, so they can make their own decisions on Election Day. AARP is strictly non-partisan AARP was not aware of, nor does it have any involvement with, any political campaign …

Services to help people age with dignity in their own homes

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AARP North Carolina recently recognized the work of Senator Richard Burr for his role in the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. On “Without Limits,” you will learn more about some of the programs the Act helps support. This week’s guest is Debi Lee, the Assistant Director Aging Programs, Centralina Area Agency on Aging. They cover Mecklenburg County and eight surrounding counties. Centralina Area Agency on Aging (AAA) strives to support and enhance the capacity of service and advocacy systems …

AARP presents awards for outstanding public service for older adults

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RALEIGH – Today AARP North Carolina presented US Senator Richard Burr the 2016 “Champion of the 50+” legislative leadership award for his significant achievements during the 114th Congress that benefit the lives of the 50+ and their families. Senator Burr received his award for his work to reauthorize the Older Americans Act. It also presented NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin a “Meritorious Service” Award for preventing unfair home insurance rate increases and State Representative Marilyn Avila a “Legislator of the …

Free event to help caregivers get “unstuck”

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Don’t miss “Unstuck! Lightening the Heart of the Family Caregiver,” featuring author Peter Rosenberger.  Rosenberger is a 30-year caregiver who helps fellow caregivers move to a calmer, healthier, more joyful life. Join us in-person at 7:00 pm, on August 25th, for a free 60-minute “Virtual Viewing Party” and learn how to lighten your heart, rediscover your identity and find a safe emotional path through caregiving – all shared with a healthy dose of outrageous humor and candor! Resister for the …