— RALEIGH — Dr. Catherine Harvey Sevier of Greensboro has been appointed as the new state president of AARP North Carolina. The volunteer led AARP has 1.1 million members in the state and is instrumental in improving the lives of older adults through information, advocacy, community service and local offerings and events. Dr. Sevier has an extensive background in clinical nursing, academic cancer center administration, and health policy development. She was founding Executive Director/COO of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), which …

— By Michelle Crouch Rob Cooley knows that keeping his 40 employees happy is crucial to the long-term success of his business, two Apple Annie’s Bake Shops in Wilmington. But it’s tough for small-business owners to offer the same benefits as larger companies, he said, especially when it comes to retirement. “Setting up some kind of retirement plan is just cost prohibitive,” said Cooley, 49, who is also a co-owner of a beer and wine store with his family. “Small businesses …

— Choosing a Medicare plan is an important, but often overwhelming, decision. AARP North Carolina is proud to partner with the North Carolina Department of Insurance on a new program being offered in the Charlotte region, The Road to Medicare. The Road to Medicare gives a basic overview of Medicare and is particularly helpful for those who will soon be eligible for Medicare or those who have recently joined. The presenter is a trained volunteer counselor of the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program. SHIIP is …

— 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 …

— Each month, AARP volunteers offer their talents and their time to have a positive impact in the Charlotte region. Whether its leading a workshop on a valuable topic or lending a hand to local organizations fighting hunger, our local volunteer program matches the commitment of those who want to give back with the resources of AARP. Now, for the first time in Charlotte, our volunteer opportunities include legislative advocacy on federal, state and local issues. “This is a really significant …

— Meet Windy Ellis of Raleigh, a former state employee who put her computer skills and knowledge of networking and programming to use in a long career as a systems analyst. But when Windy retired from public service in 2014, she knew her career path was far from over. She felt the need to continue serving society and founded the charity Seniors Are Special Too. Surrounded by the love and support of older family members, Windy has a strong passion for …

—   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 …

— ASHEVILLE — Reflecting the increasing number of older adults in North Carolina, the 1.1 million-member state affiliate of AARP is also growing and is extending its service to communities in Western North Carolina. AARP has hired Rebecca Chaplin as its new Community Outreach Associate State Director to serve the mountain region of the state. With the addition of Chaplin, AARP now has strong community presence all across North Carolina with full-time staff in the Triangle, the Triad, Charlotte and the …

—   CHARLOTTE – Aging in America today is not what it was for your parents. Times have changed, and so have your options for a long and productive life at 50 plus! As the Boomers change the demographics of the country, so, too, must our perceptions of aging change. And there is no better way to change those points of view  than by sharing stories and allowing ourselves to be inspired by those leading the way. In Charlotte, AARP is …