— Loneliness isn’t just joyless. It can shorten your life, increasing the risk of premature death by 30 percent. That’s why AARP North Carolina has teamed up with the YMCA of Western North Carolina to sponsor the Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge. The challenge aims to reduce social isolation while helping participants achieve their personal health goals. For details about the challenge and a calendar of events, go to DisruptAgingChallenge.org. To read about other efforts to make Buncombe County increasingly age-friendly, …

— An estimated 1 in 5 North Carolinians will be 65 or older by 2035. To help communities keep pace, AARP North Carolina will launch the Great Race to Age-Friendly in 2018. “This will be a friendly challenge for bragging rights as the best place in the state to age in place,” said Steve Hahn, AARP state communications director. So far, four North Carolina communities have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which requires a commitment to improve factors that …

— 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, …

— Charlotte, NC – With nearly a quarter of the state’s residents expected to be age 60 or older by the year 2030, Mecklenburg County took an important step to become a better place for people of all ages. On Sept. 20, 2016, County leaders announced that the County has applied for the World Health Organization’s status of “age-friendly” by joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all …

— RALEIGH, NC — North Carolina’s fastest growing demographic group is the 65+ cohort, and two counties in North Carolina are at the vanguard of working to stay ahead of the demographic change. Both Wake and Orange Counties are planning for the future by taking the steps needed to make the counties great places for residents of all ages. The two counties recently applied for the World Health Organization’s status of “age friendly,” by joining AARP’s Network of Age Friendly Communities. …

— 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 …

— WILMINGTON – When it comes to age-friendly communities, transportation and connectivity are key. The Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority, WAVE, is starting a special service for people ages 65 and older and those with disabilities. In order to provide the kind of services people demand, WAVE wants to hear from you. Join AARP members and others at a community forum on July 16 to tell WAVE what you think. The forum will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at …

—   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! Beginning in July, AARP is very proud to unveil a new topic to our program offerings: The Road to Medicare. This program, conducted in partnership with the North Carolina Senior Health Insurance Information …

— 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 …

— 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 …