Strong Support for Protecting Older Workers

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Unemployment is especially difficult for older workers because they tend to stay jobless longer than younger workers. A recent AARP study shows age discrimination may be partly to blame. In a survey of North Carolina voters age 50-plus, more than 1 in 4 said they or someone they know had experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Nearly 7 in 10 said they believe there is a bias against older workers, and more than 4 in 5 said they worried their …

Workshops Boost Financial Knowledge, Confidence

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Sue Price Johnson Eunice Walker was intimidated by financial issues before she took four AARP Financial Freedom workshops at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte, where her son-in-law is the pastor. That’s not the case now. “At 81 years of age, I decided I’m going to work through this. What have I got to lose?” she said. “Perhaps I can help my grandchildren and some younger people understand that this is no big mystery; it’s just practical understanding of …

Older North Carolinians Strongly Support Measure to Stop Age Discrimination at Work

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Money & Work RALEIGH – Older North Carolinians overwhelmingly support bipartisan legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace, a new AARP survey shows. A March 2014 poll of registered voters ages 50 and older found a remarkable 82 percent favor passage of the bipartisan “Protecting Older Workers against Discrimination Act” (POWADA). Significantly, 57 percent of ALL those interviewed said they “strongly” endorsed the bill.  In contrast, only 11 percent oppose passage, the survey reported. “This AARP survey confirms what Tarheels already know: …

Workshops, Resources for New Entrepreneurs

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Michelle Crouch Scott Buell, 61, worked in the pharmaceutical industry for three decades before he was laid off in 2009. But instead of retiring or looking for another job, Buell decided to take a bold step. He went into business for himself. “I decided I wanted to take control of my destiny,” said Buell, of Raleigh, who started a company with his son. “I had always thought about starting a business and this seemed like a good time,” he …

Age Discrimination is a Real and Solvable Problem in North Carolina

Posted on 03/20/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Money & Work By AARP NC Director Doug Dickerson It happens all too often.  Despite a lifetime of hard work and excellent reviews, older workers find themselves out of a job or in a reduced position.  A 2013 AARP study found that nearly 2 in 3 workers ages 45-74 said they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Nearly 20% believed they were not hired for a job because of their age and nearly 10% believed they were laid off or …

AARP Helps You Take Better Charge of Your Finances

Posted on 03/11/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Money & Work RALEIGH — Like the rest of the nation, North Carolinians have historically low personal savings rates that threaten the confidence people have of living securely in their retirement. AARP has three, new, 90-minute workshops to help you build on your good habits and understand what changes you can make to improve your financial situation. Developed in coordination with Charles Schwab Foundation,  AARP Foundation’s Finances 50 + helps participants budget and goal set, take charge of credit and debt, develop a …