AARP NC is working to make life after 50 fulfilling, healthy and financially secure

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy RALEIGH — To address the growing anxiety people in the state are feeling from their worries about adequate retirement savings and the challenges of family caregiving, AARP North Carolina released its priorities for 2015 and beyond. AARP North Carolina State Director Doug Dickerson said, “Most people simply don’t have the savings they need to pay for their ‘golden years’ anymore. People are increasingly reliant on Social Security as their only income when they’re older. We can turn that trend upside …

A Look Ahead at What’s to Come from AARP in North Carolina

Posted on 01/6/2015 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy AARP North Carolina Director Doug Dickerson talks about the organization’s recent accomplishments and looks at what lies ahead for AARP in the Tar Heel State. Dickerson explains how AARP is helping people live better lives as they get older. Among its accomplishments last year, AARP fought off state proposals that would have raised auto insurance rates and those that would have cut funding for important services that help people age in their own homes.  At the federal level, AARP was …

Caregiving, Savings Plan Top Legislative Agenda

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Lisa Towle Ferry and Frances Barber of Goldston have been married for 65 years. They raised two sons together, retired together in 2002 and then, in 2007, together faced the heart attack that would permanently physically disable Ferry. The couple continue to live together with help from part-time in-home care that the Chatham County Council on Aging provides through the organization’s Bridges to Care program. Frances Barber said it has added to the quality of their lives and that …

Prestación de cuidados y planes de ahorro encabezan la agenda legislativa

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Por Lisa Towle Ferry y Frances Barber, de Goldston, han estado casados por 65 años. Juntos criaron a dos hijos, se jubilaron juntos en el 2002 y, en el 2007, juntos enfrentaron el ataque cardíaco que dejaría físicamente incapacitado a Ferry en forma permanente. La pareja sigue viviendo junta con la ayuda del servicio de asistencia de salud domiciliaria que brinda el Chatham County Council on Aging (Consejo de la Tercera Edad del Condado Chatham) a través del programa Bridges …

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 …