— Statement from AARP North Carolina State Director Doug Dickerson in reaction to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017: “AARP North Carolina is urging Senators Burr and Tillis to oppose the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.  The design of the plan will most surely result in higher health care costs for adults younger than 65 while providing for less healthcare coverage, and do nothing to rein in escalating costs of prescription drugs. It also undermines the recent advances …

— This week North Carolina budget leaders head behind closed doors to negotiate differences between the State House and Senate versions of the budget.  While the budget negotiations won’t be a shootout in the old west for now, several budget items will need to be negotiated before both chambers can approve a plan that must then be sent to the Governor for final approval before June 30th. Aging To better address the needs of our aging population, the House budget recommends …

— By Doug Dickerson, State Director, AARP North Carolina Few eyes are on Medicare, the healthcare plan that workers have paid into straight from their paychecks for almost 53 years.  Workers know that if there’s one thing that’s certain, is that healthcare is guaranteed if a person, regardless of their condition, can live to at least age 65.  Now, while the country’s attention is distracted with the President’s political troubles, conservative Congressional leaders are moving towards implementing a plan to drastically …

— For decades, the public drinking water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was contaminated with hazardous chemicals. Countless Veterans were unknowingly exposed to these chemicals. A new Department of Veterans Affairs rule makes it easier for Veterans to receive service connected disability compensation for diseases resulting from this exposure. The VA now presumes that eight medical conditions are the result of past service at Camp Lejeune. DO I QUALIFY FOR THE PRESUMPTION? If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune for …

— RALEIGH – Beginning today through April 18, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially those who are 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service Free Program Available at more than 5,000 locations Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and non-members …

— Silver Spring, MD — American Heroes Channel (AHC) has teamed up with AARP on a unique collaboration, kicking off this Veteran’s Day with the premiere of the all-new special, THE BATTLE I’LL NEVER FORGET. Produced exclusively for AHC by AARP Studios, THE BATTLE I’LL NEVER FORGET examines some of the most critical conflicts in American history, told first-hand by the heroes who fought on the ground, in the sky, and on the seas. Anchoring AHC’s annual DUTY, HONOR, COURAGE programming …

— By Rebecca Carr When Sonia and Ronald Cardoza first saw the two-story town house in Matthews, a suburb of Charlotte, they knew they had found the perfect place to retire, and the reason was more than just living near family. The Cardozas’ home, in the Bella Sera neighborhood, has a pathway that wraps around a picturesque pond and leads to a community clubhouse and pool. It is within walking distance of the Levine Senior Center, where they can exercise and …

— RALEIGH — To help the state’s most active voters make informed decisions on Election Day, AARP North Carolina made available the first of a three-part video voters’ guide with Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper. Released on Facebook, promoted in the AARP Bulletin, and distributed through e-mail to the state’s 1.1 million AARP members, asks the candidates to explain their proposals to improve financial security, support family caregivers, and make communities across the state more age-friendly. AARP North …

— For most of us these days, staying “mentally sharp” as we age is a high priority. As past co-chair of the NC Institute of Medicine’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia, I heard from a lot of the state’s experts. And with all we’ve been hearing and reading about Alzheimer’s in recent years, it’s perfectly understandable that virtually any sign of memory loss can trigger real fears about a possible onset of that dead disease. Some may even unwisely …

— 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. …