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  TAKE ACTION! When it’s time for someone to care for you or someone you love, don’t you want your caregiver to have less stress and less government hassle? Take Action! Families coping with Alzheimer’s and other health issues have waited long enough — send your state senator a message now asking support for House Bills 816 and 817! Last week, AARP volunteers from around the state went to State Senators’ offices seeking their support for Family Caregiver legislation and for North Carolina to join the …

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  CHARLOTTE – Aging in America today is not what it was for your parents. Times have changed, and so have your options for a long and productive life at 50 plus! As the Boomers change the demographics of the country, so, too, must our perceptions of aging change. And there is no better way to change those points of view  than by sharing stories and allowing ourselves to be inspired by those leading the way. In Charlotte, AARP is …

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The campaign season is in full swing. Do you know each candidate’s plans for Social Security? The AARP state office is asking North Carolinians to put that question to every presidential or congressional candidate who asks for their vote. AARP volunteers have been showing up at rallies and debates across the state to inform voters about Social Security proposals and to urge contenders to “take a stand” on the critical retirement program. Almost 1.9 million North Carolinians receive Social Security, …

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AARP has long promoted walk-ability as a key component of age-friendly communities. Last September, Gil Penalosa – an international thought leader and advisor on urban planing and design – visited Charlotte for a series of Knight Foundation sponsored talks on the concept of “Open Streets” events and their role in creating a healthy, connected, people-centric community. Fast forward just a few short months, and the City of Charlotte is set to host its own “Open Streets” initiative – Open Streets …

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CHARLOTTE- Every week, right here in the Queen City, AARP offers a wide range of free programs and activities that can help you improve the quality of your life. From getting your financial house in order to learning how to safely use tablet devices and smartphones, AARP in Charlotte is committed to helping you live your best life ever! Life Reimagined The life you’ve dreamed of having is actually very possible. To make it real doesn’t require major tasks or …

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DURHAM – When it comes to improving the health, finances and personal fulfillment of people across the state, few volunteers work as hard as Ronald “Ron” and Cynthia Ivey of Raleigh. The couple was honored this week with North Carolina’s prestigious Andrus Award for Community Service presented annually by AARP . Named in honor of AARP’s founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, this esteemed volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives …

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“Over the past 48 hours, Governor McCrory and the State Legislature have taken significant first strides towards providing long-needed support for people with Alzheimer’s and related dementia, as well as their family caregivers. The Governor’s request to reinstate funding for Project CARE will go a long way when it comes to helping the 448,000 people in the state who provide unpaid care for family members with dementia. Although their care is truly a ‘labor of love,’ caregiving is a 24/7 …

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This week on “Without Limits,” you’ll meet Dr. Bill Thomas, an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit The Eden Alternative which works to improve the care provided to older people. He is the creator of The Green House® which Provider Magazine has called the “pinnacle of culture change.” Dr. Thomas also developed the Senior …

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Much attention and debate has been focused on LGBT rights after the North Carolina General Assembly overturned a Charlotte bathroom ordinance. But what are the issues when it comes to LGBT rights and aging? On this week’s “Without Limits,” co-hosts Mike Olender and David Gwilt speak with Charlotte Attorney Connie Vetter, whose law practice serves North Carolina’s diverse community, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and couples as well as straight individuals and couples. Among the issues they discuss are …

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By Lisa H. Towle Nancy Graham, 74, just wants to go back to West Virginia, according to her son Jeff. But the Graham family’s story shows how messy and difficult a guardianship case can become. A uniform law linking North Carolina to other states could help resolve the situation. Jeff Graham, 51, and his family helped care for his mother, who could not drive because of a disability. Living on her own, Nancy Graham started behaving erratically. Catawba County was …