Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help older adults prepare for hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. This week marks the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Floyd, the storm of the century that devastated communities across the state. September is the height of North Carolina’s hurricane season but many people lack a plan of what to do in case of a disaster. AARP’s “Real Life” on the radio talks about preparedness with AARP NC President Robert …

Long-Term Services and Supports: How Does North Carolina Compare?

Posted on 09/9/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Enid Kassner for the North Carolina Journal of Medicine As in the proverb of the blind men describing an elephant, what you see when you evaluate a state’s long-term services and supports (LTSS) system depends on where you focus your attention. A new report based on research sponsored by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund, and the SCAN Foundation is designed to provide a snapshot of the whole picture. This report, titled Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services …

Protect yourself this flu season

Posted on 09/9/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Flu season runs from October to May. Each year in the U.S., up to 40 thousand people die from the flu — the same number who die from prostate disease, breast cancer and AIDS. Getting a flu shot only takes a few minutes and can save you from weeks of severe illness, malaise and other symptoms. It’s not too early to get your shot as today’s vaccines last up to a year. For those in Medicare or Medicaid, the shots …

September is North Carolina Preparedness Month

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By AARP NC President, Robert Palombo Although North Carolina narrowly escaped a natural disaster when Hurricane Arthur pounded the Outer Banks during the July 4th holiday, we are far from being in the clear this hurricane season. Running from June 1 through November 30 each year, the hurricane season is at its peak in September in North Carolina. That’s why September is Preparedness Month and AARP is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make sure older adults …

2014 State Legislative Summary

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Information for Caregivers

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

Health & Wellbeing Are you one of North Carolina’s 1.7 million family caregivers providing unpaid care to family, friends or loved ones?  If so, don’t miss this week’s program on “Real Life” Radio, when AARP talks with Leigh Warren, Community Outreach Coordinator at Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center. Guiding Lights goal is to have the very best resources and means of support for all local family and professional caregivers to help diminish the fear, doubt, and overwhelming stress that accompany this very important …