Seven organizations around the state received 2023 AARP Community Challenge grants—totaling nearly $110,000—for local improvement projects, including trails, home modifications, intersection enhancements and a community garden.
The state’s 65-plus population rose by 41 percent from 2011 to 2021, compared with an 11 percent increase for those under 65. To help prepare for that shift, state agencies are working together on a multisector plan for aging.
During the 2023 legislative session, volunteers advocate on behalf of North Carolinians 50-plus for bills to help workers save for retirement, to improve access to health care and to prevent unnecessary guardianships.
AARP’s efforts include helping veterans navigate health and disability benefits, and connecting them with other programs that aid military families, with a focus on thwarting fraud targeted at veterans.