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— This month, Forbes Magazine named Charlotte and Raleigh as two of the top ten cities in the Unites States people are moving to right now. But whether you are coming or going, moving can be stressful, especially for older adults. This week on “Without Limits,” you’ll learn more about a great AARP read that can help you move and downsize. You’ll also get some tips and advice from Charlotte relocation expert Cindy Greer with Transition with Care. AARP’s Downsizing the …

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— As state lawmakers deliberate the idea of capping state income taxes at 5.5 percent, AARPNC wants to take a closer look to determine if this is a sweet deal that could turn sour. Lowering or eliminating our income tax burden sounds like a great idea on the surface. But capping income taxes or state spending has some negative consequences as other states and statistical evidence show us. The retirement resource Retirement Living explains, “Many people planning to retire use the …

Rob Roberts shares his inspirational story of a cross country bike ride on AARP's Without Limits

— This week on “Without Limits,” you’ll meet Bob Roberts, one many who is doing his part to disrupt aging and dispel the notion of what it means to age in America. Roberts recently completed a cross country bike journey “Sea to Shining Sea” where teams of disabled and able-bodied cyclists heightened awareness for military veterans and athletes who are injured, wounded, and/or paralyzed – demonstrating the “If we can do this so can you,” attitude. This year’s ride a was …

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— Any family on a fixed budget understands the tradeoffs when balancing a checking account each month. An unexpected home repair may mean cutting the cable or dining in instead of out. It may also mean renting a Red Box instead of a trip to the Cineplex. So when it comes to responsible state budgeting, lawmakers also need some flexibility. But there is a tax “gimmick” that is quickly moving through the North Carolina legislature with little thought and even less …

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— North Carolina lawmakers are once again considering a constitutional amendment that would tie the hands of state budget writers for years to come, greatly impact the state’s credit rating and the ability of our state to pay its bills, and put vital programs for seniors, families and kids at risk. This coming Tuesday, legislative members of the NC Senate Finance committee will discuss whether to allow a vote to amend the state’s constitution in the November election. Despite the economic …

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— This week, AARP’s “Without Limits” explores the sobering subject of painkiller addiction. Painkiller abuse in the U.S. has been on the rise since the 1980s and their use by older adults is on a steady climb. Along with this rise in painkiller abuse comes an increase in the number of addictions and deaths related to painkillers. According to the NIH National Institute of Drug Abuse: 52 million people in the US, over the age of 12, have used prescription drugs …

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— This week AARP North Carolina President Bob Palombo and State Director Doug Dickerson are in Washington, DC, advocating on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of family caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, AARP asked for their support on two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, and the Credit for Caring Act. They also asked members of …

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— By Jo Ann Pfirman, Cary, NC My husband, Tom Pfirman, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in December of 2002 at the age of 57. This was not something we had planned for or expected to have to deal with at this time in our lives. I was not in a position to quit my job and stay home with Tom and had no idea what to do. Tom’s doctor suggested we contact Alzheimer’s North Carolina for help and information. We …

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— With summer travel square upon us, let’s look at how we can protect ourselves. Sunscreen? Check. Bottles of water? In tow. Protection from people trying to steal your money and identity? Maybe not. Identity theft. IRS imposters. Bogus bills. How can you outsmart the scammers? The AARP Fraud Watch Network keeps you in-the-know on how to protect you and your family from scams and fraud. Did you know that every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. That’s why AARP launched …

Janet Garner-Mullins, right, speaks with Dr. Yvonne Tracy about the Life Reimagined program. Photo by D.L. Anderson

— By Lisa H. Towle Janet Garner-Mullins embraces a passion for lifelong learning. A mother of three adult children with nine grandchildren, she’s earned three degrees and two certifications, and is considering doctoral studies. An ordained minister, Garner-Mullins has also taught in her church. She retired from an almost 30-year career in the insurance industry but still volunteers her workplace training skills in faith-based settings. An AARP mailing had her at the first line: “Reimagine your life now.” “I retired from …