Creating better transportation options in the Queen City

Posted on 02/12/2016 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

CHARLOTTE — According to the organization Sustain Charlotte, “It’s no secret that Charlotte’s transportation network is primarily built for cars, not for people on bikes or on foot. But that’s been changing in recent years as Charlotte Department of Transportation has taken an approach that considers the needs of not only auto drivers, but also those who cannot or choose not drive.” That movement to create walkable cities is part of a wider effort that is making cities better for …

How age-friendly is your city?

Posted on 02/1/2016 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Join hosts Mike Olender and David Gwilt as they discuss what makes cities great for people of all ages. This week on AARP’s “Without Limits,” you’ll hear from Matthews, NC, Mayor Jim Taylor. Last fall, Matthews was the first municipality in North Carolina to join AARP’s Network of Age Friendly Communities. As the U.S. population ages and people stay healthy and active longer, communities must adapt. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all …

A silent army needs more support

Posted on 02/1/2016 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

By Doug Dickerson, State Director, AARP North Carolina Every day, a silent army of North Carolinians performs a great labor of love by helping their parents and spouses remain at home. While these family caregivers wouldn’t have it any other way, they need some help. That is why AARP is fighting to support those who make it possible for older adults and other loved ones to live independently at home—where they want to be. Family caregivers are the first line …

AARP Releases Updated Directory of Resources for North Carolina Family Caregivers

Posted on 01/20/2016 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

RALEIGH— With 1.8 million North Carolinians providing care to family members at some point of time each year, many are seeking local, state and federal resources to help. AARP released an updated North Carolina Family Caregiving Guide that will assist those needing information and resources to help them take care of family members and loved ones. Family caregivers are those who care for relatives or friends and they can help in many ways — whether it’s providing direct financial support, …

New weekly Charlotte radio program gives a greater voice to the area’s 50 +

Posted on 01/6/2016 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

  CHARLOTTE — AARP’s Without Limits is a new hour-long program on WBT radio devoted to the interests, needs and aspirations of the 50+ population. Premiering at 6:00 pm, on January 16th, listeners will have a chance to tune in each week to a unique program that speaks to the new face of aging in the Charlotte area. According to AARP Associate State Director Michael Olender, the program is all about the Charlotte area. Olender along with David Gwilt, former host …

Volunteers Give Back Across a Wide Array of Programs

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Rebecca Carr Linda Patterson’s volunteer efforts with AARP came with a hidden reward. “Volunteering does as much for me as it does for them,” said Patterson, who works with AARP’s Living Longer, Living Smarter program. The program helps older people develop healthier lifestyles through diet and exercise as well as advising them on challenging decisions such as where to live as they age. Patterson, 66, of Charlotte, said volunteering with other 60-plus people is different from her volunteer activities …