The benefits of being last

Posted on 03/30/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving By Doug Dickerson Here are a couple of math puzzles: How does 17.7 billion equal 220 billion? How does 226 billion equal one out of every five? Kudos if you knew that, in 2013, American families and volunteers devoted 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $220 billion, which consumed one-out-of every five Medicare dollars ($226 billion), to dealing with a disease that still has no cure and cannot be contained in the walls of medical facilities. A global …

Life Reimagined with Travel

Posted on 03/20/2015 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Travel For many people, finding their “what’s next,” means having time to travel. This week on Real Life, you will hear from world renowned travel expert Samantha Brown, host of several programs on the Travel Channel. Brown, who is AARP’s Travel Ambassador, is on board to help you be a savvy traveler. Real Life caught up with her this week when spoke at an AARP Life Reimagined event in Wilmington where she provided an audience of all ages tips and advice …

AARP SURVEY IDENTIFIES THE NEEDS OF FAMILY CAREGIVERS IN NORTH CAROLINA

Posted on 03/17/2015 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving RALEIGH — As North Carolina’s population ages, nearly all of the state’s voters ages 45 plus (92%) believe it is important to be able to provide care so their loved ones can keep living independently in their own homes. A recent North Carolina caregivers’ survey released today collected the opinions of North Carolina residents on issues related to providing unpaid care to loved ones and proposals to provide support for family caregivers. Caregiving can mean many different things. It can …

Governor McCrory’s State Budget Holds Steady: No improvements for Families and Seniors

Posted on 03/16/2015 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy Governor McCrory released his $21.5 billion budget that holds most existing programs steady with inflation. Looking toward the future of this state, health, retirement and financial security for families and seniors are critical. The budget fails to restore previously cut funding for programs for low income seniors and fails to fully address the retirement security of all North Carolina workers and the overall financial security of us all as we age.   The budget does, however, allocate new funds for staff …

AARP NC Family Caregivers Guide is Available en Espanol

Posted on 03/13/2015 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Caregiving | Community | Español Hola amigos! How is AARP supporting family caregivers? Watch Leo Scarpati explain how AARP resources can help caregivers find some support and assistance on HOLA NC, a Spanish Language public affairs program on Fox 50. AARP’s popular family caregiving guide, a resource guide that lists the available local, state, and federal resources to assist family caregivers, is now available in Spanish. You can download a copy of the guide HERE. For printed copies, please contact lscarpati@aarp.org or call (704) 707-6981 …

“Real Life” explores the needs and challenges of family caregiving

Posted on 03/6/2015 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing In North Carolina, 1.7 million people are providing care to family members or loved ones at some point of time each year. Why is the issue of family caregiving so important right now? What kind of challenges do they face? What kind of resources do family caregivers need? To help answer these questions and more, “Real Life” will talk to LeaMond leads government relations, advocacy and public education for AARP’s social change agenda. She is also responsible for AARP’s state …