2014 State Legislative Summary

Posted on 08/19/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy By Mary Bethel and Charmaine Fuller Cooper This summary provides highlights of legislation passed by the NC General Assembly in 2014 which impacts people 50 and older. Included in this summary is an overview of some of the significant provisions of the budget bill (Senate Bill 744) as well as other relevant bills that passed.  This document is not a comprehensive review of every piece of legislation from this session.  To find out more details about the work of the …

Charlotte Safe Streets

Posted on 08/14/2014 by | AARP North Carolina | Comments

Advocacy   CHARLOTTE – Is your neighborhood walkable? If you lost your mobility and could not drive, would you be able to connect to the services that you need? As the country’s population ages, the impact is felt at the community level. That is why creating livable communities is a top priority for AARP. And a livable community is one which accommodates people of all ages and abilities with safe streets and sidewalks so they can connect to the community. Last …

AARP Poll of North Carolina Likely Voters Shows “Anxiety Index”

Posted on 08/11/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy RALEIGH – AARP North Carolina today released a new election year poll showing that 50+ voters in November elections worry a secure retirement could be out of reach for them. Voters also want to see candidates who focus on improving their financial security, as they believe incomes have not kept up with their cost of living, especially health costs, taxes and retirement security. 50+ Voters’ Financial Outlook: Anxious The survey’s “Anxiety Index” shows that across party lines, older voters, and …

AARP NC recognizes volunteers and partners

Posted on 07/11/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy To express heartfelt gratitude to the volunteer leaders and organizations who are working to support AARP’s vision and mission, AARP North Carolina’s staff and Executive Council held a special awards ceremony in July. AARP President Bob Palombo, who helped present the awards, praised the recipients as “outstanding volunteers and organizations who are helping improve North Carolina communities and the lives of the 50+ population.” Helen Mack, who generously volunteers her time and expertise to serve AARP and the aging community …

Let’s not turn our backs on the needs of NC family caregivers

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy By Mary Bethel, Associate State Director for Advocacy, AARP North Carolina Family members provide 80% of the assistance to their relatives who are in need of care. They are literally the backbone of our state’s long-term care system. Studies vary in estimating the number of family caregivers in North Carolina caring for older and disabled family members. Regardless of the data source, it is apparent that a large percentage of our state’s citizens are unpaid family caregivers. According to AARP, …

Two new twists in returning medical scam

Posted on 06/23/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy Posted on 06/19/2014 by Sid Kirchheimer |AARP Blog Author Remember those bogus offers for a free medical alert device? That robocall ripoff, which went viral last year, has returned with a vengeance — with two new twists. But don’t be fooled. It’s the same old scam that tries to get your credit or bank account information for supposed monitoring fees for the “free” device that never arrives. Provide that info and you risk identity theft. The latest twists: Some robocalls now …