— 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, …

— Facing the most dangerous hurricane on record, NC Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency for North Carolina.  While the exact path is uncertain, meteorologists predict Irma will move into the Carolinas between Sept 12-15.  It will likely hit with a strong wind field and heavy rainfall, which could have devastating effects.  AARP North Carolina advises its members to heed these five items to act on as soon as possible: Enough medicine, but not too much. If the …

— 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 …

— Join us at a Celebration of Our Freedom in Wilmington on November 10, 11, 12 and 13 and enjoy some great live music, dancing, classic film, helpful information, discount tour admission for the USS North Carolina* with AARP membership card, food, friendship and fun! *AARP members: enjoy discount admission on the USS NC Battleship by showing your AARP membership card on November 11-13, 2016. Discounted water taxi rides to the Battleship by showing your AARP membership card on November 12 …

— AARP is hosting a Celebration of Freedom on Veterans Day weekend to honor North Carolinians who served in the armed forces. The free event will be Saturday, Nov. 12, from noon to 8 p.m., at the Battleship North Carolina Park in Wilmington. North Carolina ranks eighth in the nation in the number of veterans, with 775,000 resident vets. Everyone is invited to dance to the sounds of the Legacy of Motown Revue and the Imitations band. A free screening 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. 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 …

— Been to the public library lately? It’s not your father’s library anymore. Times have changed and so too have the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Libraries. Goodbye Dewey Decimal, hello digital done right, whether it is free wi-fi or helping patrons close the digital divide. Experts say exercising your brain every day is a great way to keep it healthy. There is no better place to get that brain workout than at the library. Need a computer? Did you know you can reserve …

— 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 …

— This week on “Without Limits,” you’ll meet Bob Roberts, one many who is doing his part to disrupt aging and dispel the notion of what it means to age in America. Roberts recently completed a cross country bike journey “Sea to Shining Sea” where teams of disabled and able-bodied cyclists heightened awareness for military veterans and athletes who are injured, wounded, and/or paralyzed – demonstrating the “If we can do this so can you,” attitude. This year’s ride a was …