— By Sue Price Johnson Hours after Hurricane Matthew drenched eastern North Carolina last year, a panicked caller searched for help escaping the floodwaters racing toward his rural home. The local 911 system was overloaded, so he called NC 2-1-1, whose specialists were able to coordinate the rescue through the local emergency management system. “It was between 1 and 4 in the morning,” said Janay, an information and referral specialist who asked that her last name not be used because of …

—   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 …

— By Lisa H. Towle Janet Garner-Mullins embraces a passion for lifelong learning. A mother of three adult children with nine grandchildren, she’s earned three degrees and two certifications, and is considering doctoral studies. An ordained minister, Garner-Mullins has also taught in her church. She retired from an almost 30-year career in the insurance industry but still volunteers her workplace training skills in faith-based settings. An AARP mailing had her at the first line: “Reimagine your life now.” “I retired from …

— Are you ready for your next chapter? Whether you are diving right into to life’s changes, or just putting your toes in the water, Life Reimagined offers tools, experts, activities and support to help you determine what really matters. You’ll hear from AARP Associate State Director Audrey Galloway who explains what the program means, how it works and how to put a plan into action to help you reach your goals and dreams. Learn about how to get to your …

— Life Reimagined The life you’ve dreamed of having is actually very possible. To make it real doesn’t require major tasks or grand gestures. It’s about making small and simple steps to help you figure out what you really want, and then starting to make that happen. Join us for a Life Reimagined Check Up and discover the real possibilities within yourself. Upcoming Sessions: May 5, 10:30am. Cornelius Public Library. Info and Registration. May 20, 1:00pm. Levine Senior Center. Info and …

— You’ve worked hard for a place to call home, a family, a job, and maybe a few extras.  Orchestrating so many life events for others can leave you with little time for yourself. Finding the time to focus on your future is particularly important for women, who generally have more years to cover in retirement with fewer resources. However, planning for your own tomorrow is vitally important: If you don’t plan for yourself, someone else will plan for you. But …

— Wilmington – The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s College of Health and Human Services and the Cameron School of Business have partnered with AARP of North Carolina to create a first-of-its-kind program that will address the challenges of, and offer solutions for the region’s post-50 population to ensure success of a secure and healthy retirement, the University announced today.       “We are committed to collaborating with partners in innovative ways that will provide UNCW students with opportunities to engage in …

— CHARLOTTE – Unemployment is especially difficult for 50+ workers because they tend to stay jobless longer than younger workers. Many have not been on a job interview in many years and feel unprepared to compete for new jobs. And many do not just how important social media – such as LinkdIn – is to employers in finding new talent. That is why AARP is offering workshops specifically for older workers in the Queen City. AARP offers many resources to people …

— CHARLOTTE – One of the best gifts someone can give to their community is the skill set they have developed over their working career. Here in Charlotte, we have a network of volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds who have regular opportunities to give back to the community in meaningful ways. The AARP Charlotte Volunteer Network is currently developing new teams to work on specific initiatives that help people 50+ live their best lives ever. This includes leading …

— Charlotteans, are you scam proof? Most of us like to think that we’re too smart to get caught up in a scam. But these days it is much easier than you might think to fall victim to a scam that could cheat you out of your identify and your hard-earned money. For years, AARP North Carolina has had a Fraud Fighters volunteer program that helps educate the public about fraud and how they can protect themselves. Here in Charlotte, AARP …