Forum panelists talk about the impact and interests of older voters at the AARP Public Policy Forum. Left to Right -- Mitch Kokai, communications director John Locke Foundation, Tommy Goldsmith, former Wake County Editor, News and Observer, Donna King, managing editor North State News, and Rob Scolfield, policy director, NC Policy Watch

— RALEIGH — A new AARP survey of North Carolina registered voters ages 45 plus, finds an information gap when it comes to voters’ knowledge of the gubernatorial candidates’ policy proposals and the voting issues that age cohort care most about. The same survey found that the vast majority of older voters, 97 percent, plan to participate in Election 2016, and will be a deciding factor in both the federal and state races. AARP North Carolina Director Doug Dickerson explains, in …

AARP hosted a Livable Solutions Forum on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Mecklenburg County Government Center in Charlotte, NC. 

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— Charlotte, NC – With nearly a quarter of the state’s residents expected to be age 60 or older by the year 2030, Mecklenburg County took an important step to become a better place for people of all ages. On Sept. 20, 2016, County leaders announced that the County has applied for the World Health Organization’s status of “age-friendly” by joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all …

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— For the state’s most active voters, those ages 45 plus, helping older or disabled loved ones stay at home as long as possible is one of their top voting issues. State funding helps pay for the programs and services that help people age in place as well as support their family caregivers. With an estimated 1.9 million caregivers in North Carolina, there is growing concern about the availability of home and community-based services that assist families with this “labor of …

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— RALEIGH — To help the state’s most active voters make informed decisions on Election Day, AARP North Carolina made available the first of a three-part video voters’ guide with Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper. Released on Facebook, promoted in the AARP Bulletin, and distributed through e-mail to the state’s 1.1 million AARP members, asks the candidates to explain their proposals to improve financial security, support family caregivers, and make communities across the state more age-friendly. AARP North …

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— Choosing a Medicare plan is an important, but often overwhelming, decision. AARP North Carolina is proud to partner with the North Carolina Department of Insurance on a new program being offered in the Charlotte region, The Road to Medicare. The Road to Medicare gives a basic overview of Medicare and is particularly helpful for those who will soon be eligible for Medicare or those who have recently joined. The presenter is a trained volunteer counselor of the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program. SHIIP is …

Exercise can't prevent Alzheimer's, but can cut the risk in half.

— For most of us these days, staying “mentally sharp” as we age is a high priority. As past co-chair of the NC Institute of Medicine’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia, I heard from a lot of the state’s experts. And with all we’ve been hearing and reading about Alzheimer’s in recent years, it’s perfectly understandable that virtually any sign of memory loss can trigger real fears about a possible onset of that dead disease. Some may even unwisely …

Reliable transportation options is one key to age-friendly communities

— RALEIGH, NC — North Carolina’s fastest growing demographic group is the 65+ cohort, and two counties in North Carolina are at the vanguard of working to stay ahead of the demographic change. Both Wake and Orange Counties are planning for the future by taking the steps needed to make the counties great places for residents of all ages. The two counties recently applied for the World Health Organization’s status of “age friendly,” by joining AARP’s Network of Age Friendly Communities. …

Gov. Pat McCrory faces a challenge from Attorney General Roy Cooper. Photos courtesy of the campaigns.

— By Michelle Crouch North Carolina voters have a critical decision to make Nov. 8 in choosing the next governor. Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, is challenging Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican. McCrory, 59, was mayor of Charlotte for 14 years before he was elected governor in 2012. Cooper, also 59, is from Nash County and was a member of the state legislature for 14 years before he was elected attorney general in 2000. The Bulletin asked both campaigns about …

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— Joys and Challenges Facing Military Caregivers featuring MG Antonio M. Taguba, USA (Ret.) and Meg Kabat, Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday, September 8th 2pm ET/1pm CT REGISTER HERE After his parents became ill, Major General Antonio “Tony” Taguba and his siblings found themselves unprepared to care for them. Faced with tough decisions about health and finances, they found a way to care for their parents the best they could. Join Major General Taguba and Meg Kabat, National Director, Caregiver Support …

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— As the largest representative of older voters in the state, it can be tempting to imply that AARP supports a particular party or candidate.  AARP has a proud history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to our members and their families, so they can make their own decisions on Election Day. AARP is strictly non-partisan AARP was not aware of, nor does it have any involvement with, any political campaign …