AARP’s “What I Want to Know” campaign is connecting older North Carolina voters and the US Senate candidates

Posted on 10/2/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | North Carolina RALEIGH – With the lack of specifics from North Carolina’s candidates for Congress about how they will work to improve the financial security of mid-life and older adults, AARP is delivering “What I Want to Know” postcards to the U.S. Senate candidates throughout the month of October. A recent AARP election year poll revealed that voters 50 years and older who will most likely participate in the November election worry that a secure retirement could be out of reach for …

Law Aims to Protect Against Financial Abuse

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Money & Work | North Carolina Many older Americans rely on loved ones to help manage their bank accounts. But what happens if a family member is stealing? A new state law aims to crack down on exploitation of adults who are 65 or older or disabled, regardless of their mental capacity. The law encourages financial institutions to let such customers submit a list of trusted individuals to be notified in case of exploitation, and requires the institutions to contact law enforcement and social service agencies …

Older Worker Appreciation

Posted on 09/28/2014 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Money & Work | North Carolina Each September, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service honors “experience” during Older Workers Appreciation week.  Did you know that state of North Carolina has programs and information to assist older workers? This week on “Real Life” on the Radio, meet Kathryn Lanier and Reena Shetty of the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Aging and Adult Services. They will discuss how the Division supports the needs of older workers. You can also learn about …

Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

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

Health & Wellbeing | North Carolina 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 | North Carolina 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 | North Carolina 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 …