— RALEIGH — To help make North Carolina communities more livable for people of all ages, AARP NC awarded three “Community Challenge” grants to organizations working to expand opportunities and engagement for all residents. A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services. Once in place, those resources enhance personal independence; allow residents to age in place; and foster residents’ engagement in the community’s civic, …

— Making it easier for licensed nurses to practice in NC Legislation to allow nurses to practice in any state that is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact passed the North Carolina General Assembly last week. AARP helped push for the legislation that maintains patient safety and quality of care while making it easier for nurses to practice in our state. It allows licensed nurses from other states to practice in North Carolina without having to get re-licensed. The passage of …

— CHARLOTTE — AARP in Charlotte is presenting a series of free workshops this month to help people prepare the challenges of caregiving and long-term care as well as an overview of Medicare, from how to choose a plan and the benefits Medicare offers, to what changes to the program may come in the future. The events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Prepare to Care This workshop includes information on how to have vital conversations …

— Medicare isn’t there for you only when you’re sick. The health care program offers a slew of preventive services as well, including immunizations for older patients, who are especially vulnerable to influenza. The AARP Protect Medicare van is crisscrossing North Carolina this summer, reminding residents of the benefits Medicare offers and the battle to defend it. Preventive services under Medicare include screenings for colorectal cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses. The program covers flu shots because influenza can …

— By Jim Buchanan Here in North Carolina, through painful experience, we know a thing or two about floods. With a flood, most of the focus – necessarily – is on not being swept away in the turbulent waters. But there’s more than the rushing waters. There’s what’s beneath – who knows what kind of contaminants picked up in the deluge, who knows what kinds of creepy-crawlies lurking beneath. That’s the way it is with Washington these days. The normal trickle …

— AARP is fighting to improve North Carolinians access to affordable health care, in their communities, by cutting through the bureaucratic red tape that prevents nurse practitioners—and all advanced practice registered nurses—from doing their jobs. Right now, 28 states including North Carolina still have archaic rules that restrict nurse practitioners from using all their skills and training to provide primary and preventive care, including: routine health care such as diagnosing and treating patients management of chronic conditions ordering lab tests prescribing …

— Prescription drugs can improve your life or even save it, yet roughly half of Americans don’t take medications as prescribed, leading to 125,000 deaths annually and an additional $100 billion in hospital costs. AARP North Carolina is working with the University of North Carolina Center for Health Innovation to improve health outcomes through medication adherence. Health care professionals and patients were invited to come up with ways to improve medication adherence in the digital age. On May 11, four teams …

— AARP shared this letter with Members of Congress on Wednesday. Those concerned about the effects of the new AHCA plan, are urged to call their Representative today via this advocacy hotline:  #1-844-866-1425.   April 26, 2017 Dear Representative: AARP, with its nearly 38 million members in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, nationwide organization that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and …

— Why anyone would attempt to revive a health care reform bill that sank into the waters of the Potomac just weeks ago is a puzzler. Why they would revive it and attempt to pass it by making it potentially even less popular is more puzzling still. Yet that’s where we find ourselves, as the House Freedom Caucus, led by Rep. Mark Meadows, NC-11, who appears to have caved to Washington’s pressure for a dramatic “win.” Now, repealing the patient protections …

— RALEIGH — At a ceremonial presentation made today with state legislators and the United Way, AARP explained how contributions the AARP Foundation collected from members across the country last fall resulted in $200,000 being donated to assist North Carolina families affected by Hurricane Matthew. Over half of the AARP contributions, $125,000, was distributed to local United Ways in counties affected by the disaster and United Way’s NC 2-1-1. With the support of the AARP membership, United Ways in affected counties …