Did the General Assembly Help or Hurt NC’s 50 Plus?

Posted on 08/25/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy When it comes to meeting the needs of older adults and state’s aging population, there were some victories but also shortcomings during this year’s legislative session.  Host Debra Tyler Horton and AARP Associate State Director of Advocacy Mary Bethel look back at the 2014 General Assembly as well as the work of AARP volunteers who helped raise economic, health and other concerns of the state’s 50 plus population. Listen to the program here, or a new one each week, on …

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.  Since the House and Senate failed to agree on an adjournment resolution, the legislature could reconvene later this summer to take up bills pending from the legislative session such as environmental clean-up. This summary will be updated after the conclusion of the session in August. The House and Senate did agreed that they …

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, …