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— RALEIGH — National retirement security expert David C. John, spoke to a group of political and business leaders in Raleigh this week about a voluntary and low-cost way for small businesses to offer an easy and portable way for workers to save. North Carolina has 1.7 million private sector workers without access to workplace retirement savings plans, proven to be the easiest and most effective way for workers to save for retirement. Research has proven that when workers can save …

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— Many people want a secure retirement, but not everyone has the right tools to achieve it. AARP North Carolina is asking state lawmakers to set up a retirement savings plan for people who don’t have access to a 401(k) or similar plan at work. The proposal, called Work and Save, would give small businesses a way to let their workers save for retirement through automatic payroll deductions. Participation would be voluntary for employees. The program would reimburse employers for expenses …

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— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 3pm ET Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information Services at the …

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— Don’t miss out! Register today for the free webinar, “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer.” Join AARP on Thursday, December 1st for a free webinar. “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer” will feature the inspiring true-life story of a dog named Bella who helped her owner, Jean Baur, find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. The webinar airs live at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 1st …

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— AARP has announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live,  Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the Online Family Caregiving Fair HERE Peete, who is best known for her roles on 21 Jump Street and Hanging’ with Mr. Cooper, simultaneously cared for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism.  She will discuss juggling caregiving and work, facing hurdles as a family caregiver and balancing caring for yourself while caring …

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— Looking for a job but feeling overwhelmed by the countless number of online resources? Get expert tips and advice on how to cut through the clutter and find the job that’s right for you. Don’t miss our free webinar “Navigating Cluttered Job Search Sites,” featuring Jobs Expert Kerry Hannon. 3 p.m. ET/2pm CT, Thursday, November 10. Register HERE Kerry Hannon, AARP’s jobs expert, is an award-winning author and nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement. Her latest book is …

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— Silver Spring, MD — American Heroes Channel (AHC) has teamed up with AARP on a unique collaboration, kicking off this Veteran’s Day with the premiere of the all-new special, THE BATTLE I’LL NEVER FORGET. Produced exclusively for AHC by AARP Studios, THE BATTLE I’LL NEVER FORGET examines some of the most critical conflicts in American history, told first-hand by the heroes who fought on the ground, in the sky, and on the seas. Anchoring AHC’s annual DUTY, HONOR, COURAGE programming …

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— Veterans Day is around the corner and in honor of Veterans, you’ll learn more about Flags Across the Nation, an organization that is creating opportunities for children and adults to get involved in creating patriotic art, letter writing, making blankets and demonstrating respect for the American flag while giving support to our troops, wounded warriors, recovering soldiers and veterans with art, letters, blankets, flags and art/photo contests and exhibits. On WBT Radio’s “Without Limits,” live on the air or online …

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— “If you have a pension, you’re one of the lucky ones,” said a Duke economist acknowledging that over the past few decades, most employers have shifted away from maintaining a pension fund for their workers and former employees. Increasingly, it’s up to people to save on their own, usually through a 401K from their employer or from opening an Individual Retirement Account. Yet, many workers are finding themselves near retirement, without the retirement income or savings they need to stay …

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— By Rebecca Carr When Sonia and Ronald Cardoza first saw the two-story town house in Matthews, a suburb of Charlotte, they knew they had found the perfect place to retire, and the reason was more than just living near family. The Cardozas’ home, in the Bella Sera neighborhood, has a pathway that wraps around a picturesque pond and leads to a community clubhouse and pool. It is within walking distance of the Levine Senior Center, where they can exercise and …