— Join us on September 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm ET for Part 1 of AARP’s Interactive Social Security Webinar as we explore each of the five most asked about (and often misunderstood) Social Security topics—including applying for benefits, survivor benefits, spousal benefits, the earnings limit, and benefits for married couples. Plus, you can ask specific questions for the experts to answer using our interactive Q&A tool. We’ll also introduce you to AARP’s easy-to-use online tools, including our Benefits Calculator and a …

— By Michelle Crouch When it comes to scams targeting North Carolina’s older residents, Attorney General Josh Stein can rattle them off like a grocery list. In the sweepstakes con, a caller says you’ve won a big prize, but you just need to pay the taxes first. You pay the money, but you never get the prize. In another scam, a caller says you missed jury duty and face arrest if you don’t pay a fine. In the IRS hoax, you’re …

— By Michelle Crouch Rob Cooley knows that keeping his 40 employees happy is crucial to the long-term success of his business, two Apple Annie’s Bake Shops in Wilmington. But it’s tough for small-business owners to offer the same benefits as larger companies, he said, especially when it comes to retirement. “Setting up some kind of retirement plan is just cost prohibitive,” said Cooley, 49, who is also a co-owner of a beer and wine store with his family. “Small businesses …

— 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 …

— “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 …

— Did you know that AARP offers workshops every week in the Charlotte region? Whether you’re an AARP member or not, over 50 or not, all of our programs are free of charge, free of any sales pitches, and all geared towards helping you achieve real possibilities. This summer we began offering our programs at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery! Come have a beverage on us and take advantage of our informative programs led by our dedicated facilitators!   Life Reimagined The life …

— AARP North Carolina and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are hosting Encore Entrepreneur events to help North Carolinians age 50-plus start or grow a small business. The workshops offer advice and resources on matters such as business plans, marketing and social media, funding and franchising. Community leaders will be on hand, along with counselors and mentors from SBA and SCORE, a nonprofit organization that provides free business mentoring services. With more life experiences and disposable income than younger entrepreneurs, …

— CHARLOTTE – Take one look at Bob Roberts on his bike and you’re likely to be inspired. At 69 years old, Bob is an avid rider and, in many ways,  a model boomer.  He takes care of himself and has an active lifestyle, still works in a rewarding field and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. But a closer at Bob – and his helmet adorning the phrase “We are not done” – reveals that his passion …

— 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, …

— 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 …