AARP Hearts Caregivers – Does the NCGA?

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy Did you know that out of the 1.7 million North Carolina family caregivers, the average caregiver is a 49 year-old female? While providing that care, many develop their own health issues, suffer from stress, income loss and other issues. How can North Carolina better support family caregivers? What is the state block grant program that helps fund needed services like in-home health aides and the Meals on Wheels program? Will Medicaid in the state change and/or will it continue to …

NC Work and Save — a commonsense savings proposal from AARP NC

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy While Social Security is an important piece of the puzzle, it was never meant to be a person’s entire income in retirement. North Carolina’s state lawmakers are unable to control federal Social Security decisions but are witnessing the increased dependence on state programs by aging residents who lack sufficient retirement savings. A market-based approach is needed that encourages private savings so more people can become more self-reliant throughout their lives. There is common consensus that Social Security alone will not …

A Retirement Plan for Workers

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Michelle Crouch Chuck Sawyer, 37, wishes he had started saving for retirement a decade ago, but he was too busy ensuring the success of his promotional-items business, Instant Imprints. Now that he has nine employees in three shops, he wishes he could do more to encourage them to save. “We’ve discussed setting up a retirement plan for our employees a few times, but it’s expensive and time-consuming,” said Sawyer, of Wake Forest. “Small-business owners have enough to deal with …

Older voters still “want to know” more about candidates’ positions

Posted on 10/24/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy RALEIGH – Early voting begins this week and older voters have concerns about the U.S. Senate candidates’ positions on the issues important to the 50+ population in North Carolina.  AARP members have expressed that they need to know more from candidates regarding where each of them stands on a variety of issues.           Today AARP North Carolina President Robert Palombo sent hundreds of “What I Want to Know” postcards directly to the campaign offices of Kay Hagan …

Early voters need to act quickly

Posted on 10/22/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy Early voting starts on October 23. Did you know that this year, early voters will only have ten days to cast their ballots? What are all the other North Carolina election law changes that go into effect this year and next? On this week’s Real Life on the Radio, AARP interviews George Eppsteiner, staff attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. George explains what voters need to know to make sure their participation goes smoothly. Here is some more …

Understanding the New Voter ID Law

Posted on 10/9/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy Sweeping changes were made to North Carolina voting laws, many of which are already in effect.  The North Carolina Center for Voter Education has information to help you understand the the state’s voter ID and election overhaul. Remember, you must register to vote by midnight on October 10. For an e-mail application click here Free Voter ID All North Carolina voters, or those registering to vote, who do not possess a valid photo ID outlined above may apply for a …