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By Nacy Washington – Clayton, NC For 14 years, I provided care for my mother with Alzheimer’s who passed away at 89 years old. Being a long-term caregiver caused me to have significant stress and depression resulting in increased blood pressure and living on the verge of breaking down many times. I was in my 50s juggling a full-time job, with her full-time care. Since my mother was a wanderer, or as some say a curious “wonderer,” my biggest concern …

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Sign up now to play during the month of June Introducing AARP’s Pop Up! Family Caregiver Game. The game that helps you learn about valuable caregiving resources and lets you enter for the chance to win prizes. Just like a game show, you play with everyone else and score points for each question you answer correctly. Instant prizes will be given away daily at random! And, at the end of the game, one lucky sweepstakes winner will receive a gift …

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  WILMINGTON  – On Sunday, May 29, don’t miss your chance to meet and thank the World War II crew members who served on the Battleship North Carolina. For the first time, the crew members will be holding a special meet and greet on board the NORTH CAROLINA. This is your opportunity to come and speak with those who so valiantly served aboard this magnificent vessel. Hear the stories of what life was like living on a navy ship during …

Rebecca Chaplin, AARP Associate State Director, Mountain Region

ASHEVILLE — Reflecting the increasing number of older adults in North Carolina, the 1.1 million-member state affiliate of AARP is also growing and is extending its service to communities in Western North Carolina. AARP has hired Rebecca Chaplin as its new Community Outreach Associate State Director to serve the mountain region of the state. With the addition of Chaplin, AARP now has strong community presence all across North Carolina with full-time staff in the Triangle, the Triad, Charlotte and the …

Seth Evans

By Sheila Evans, RN – Carrboro, NC In 2010 my husband, Dr. Seth Reice, PhD, a professor at UNC, was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment.  He was having problems with his memory and was losing important things like keys, and getting lost when driving the car.  His disease progressed very quickly and soon he was re-diagnosed with FTD, Frontotemporal Dementia or Deterioration. Seth was very young, age 63, and we were both frightened. Luckily we had had several long discussions …

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By Margaret Toman, Garner, NC Alzheimer’s disease killed my mother at the age of 102 shortly before Christmas last December. She lived with me for 16 years after her diagnosis. Our long struggle, waged on low income and with no family support, would not have been possible without the services of adult daycare, which enriched her life and rescued mine. Five days a week I dropped my mother off at daycare and used the hours of respite to explore the …

Kalyan and Abha Ghosh

As lawmakers in North Carolina determine the future of caregiver support services, we want to hear from those who are providing care to loved ones and value support services needed to assist their “labor of love.” Here is one man’s story:   Caring for My Wife: A personal perspective from a spousal caregiver by Kalyan K Ghosh, Chapel Hill, North Carolina My wife Abha and I were partners not only in our personal lives but also in our academic and …

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GREENSBORO –To meet the needs of the state’s 50 plus population, AARP has hired Cara Townsend as Associate State Director serving the Triad. Townsend has more than 15 years of experience in public policy, having served four Members of Congress, the White House, and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. In 2004, she was selected as a Presidential Appointee in Congressional Affairs for the George W. Bush Administration. AARP State Director Doug Dickerson explains, “Providing the best service to AARP members, …

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How is Charlotte preparing to meet the needs of its ever-growing population of older adults? This week on “Without Limits,” you’ll meet Claire Apaliski of the UNC-Charlotte Urban Institute. Some characteristics of great places to live for aging adults include walk-ability and social connection. Learn more about an effort underway in Charlotte called “City Walks,” a series of free neighborhood walks—walking conversations—that put people in touch with their community and their neighbors. Hosts Mike Olender and David Gwilt take a …

Conference

  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 …