— By Michelle Crouch Douglas Sherrow, a severely disabled Army veteran in Mint Hill, struggles to make ends meet on his military pension and Social Security. He and his wife are raising two grandchildren, and he said they’ve racked up thousands in credit card debt over four years. “I’ve never been in the hole this far,” said Sherrow, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a walker. “Taxes keep going up, and my ability to pay them is going down.” Sherrow, 69, …

— AARP North Carolina released the third and final part of the Gubernatorial Voters Guide with Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper. The two present their proposals to make communities across the state “age-friendly.” When it comes to meeting the needs of a rapidly aging state population, the candidates share their ideas on how to make communities better places for all ages. In a related development, at last night’s Wake County Commissioners meeting, the county formally enlisted in the …

— RALEIGH — A new AARP survey of North Carolina registered voters ages 45 plus, finds an information gap when it comes to voters’ knowledge of the gubernatorial candidates’ policy proposals and the voting issues that age cohort care most about. The same survey found that the vast majority of older voters, 97 percent, plan to participate in Election 2016, and will be a deciding factor in both the federal and state races. AARP North Carolina Director Doug Dickerson explains, in …

— As the largest representative of older voters in the state, it can be tempting to imply that AARP supports a particular party or candidate.  AARP has a proud history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to our members and their families, so they can make their own decisions on Election Day. AARP is strictly non-partisan AARP was not aware of, nor does it have any involvement with, any political campaign …

— At the AARP sponsored domino tournament at the Puerto Rican Festival in Charlotte, Associate State Director for Hispanic Outreach Leo Scarpati said, “When it comes to your financial security, don’t leave it up to a game of chance.” Scarpati and AARP volunteers were sharing information about the importance of Social Security and how the Presidential candidates are sharing their ideas for its future through AARP’s “Take a Stand” campaign website. Scarpati said, “Dominos is a game of numbers, but for …

— When voters show up at the polls in some of North Carolinas larger cities, they may notice a campaign sign that looks a lot different than those of the candidates. AARP’s “Take a Stand” volunteers are fanning out across the state pressing candidates from both parties to lay out their plans to keep Social Security financially sound for future generations. This week on “Without Limits,” you’ll learn more about the urgency to strengthen the program and how AARP members are …

— The North Carolina House and Senate have major differences in their budget bills when it comes to meeting the needs of family caregivers and those with high medical costs. Earlier this month, the House approved budget reinstated the NC medical expense tax deduction that helps protect people from the impact of high medical expenses. They also restored one million dollars in funding that was taken away from the Home and Community Care Block Grant program that supports programs that help …