Transportation with a Heart – Moments of Connection in a Rural County

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-05-17T09:43:05-04:00">May 17, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-05-17T14:32:22-04:00">May 17, 2019</time> by AARP North Carolina

Madison County lies on the western edge of North Carolina, where the Appalachian Trail meanders north and east from Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Generations of farmers once grew tobacco here on the sides of mountains and still raise cattle to make ends meet. “When you go back into some of the mountains and hollers, you can almost touch what once was,” says Dee Heinmuller, Director of Madison County Community Services. On a shoestring budget typical of most rural communities, …

New North Carolina voter survey finds overwhelming support for caregiving assistance

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-04-09T10:44:05-04:00">April 9, 2019</time> by AARP North Carolina

RALEIGH – A new survey of North Carolina registered voters ages 40 plus finds that the vast majority of respondents (83.5 percent) of current caregivers said that they will provide future caregiving or assistance on an unpaid basis to an adult loved one. It also found that over 95 percent think it is important to have services available in their communities to help older adults live independently. Caregivers are feeling stressed The survey of 800 registered voters conducted by AARP …

Workplace retirement savings accounts can help Tar Heels remain financially independent as we age

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-04-04T09:31:51-04:00">April 4, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-05-06T14:42:56-04:00">May 6, 2019</time> by AARP North Carolina

Today, a secure retirement is out of reach for millions of Americans, especially those who work for small businesses. Nearly two million Tar Heels have no access to a retirement savings plan through their employers – that’s about 50% of the 18 to 64-year-old population. That is why the NC House of Representatives unanimously passed (108-0) HB604, a study bill introduced by Representatives Jon Hardister (R), Bobby Hanig (R), and  Stephen M. Ross (R),  so North Carolina can find the best ways …

AARP Launches ‘Stop Rx Greed’ Campaign Targeting High Prescription Drug Prices

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-03-12T10:46:08-04:00">March 12, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-03-12T10:49:08-04:00">March 12, 2019</time> by AARP North Carolina

RALEIGH—Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for North Carolinians and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. AARP North Carolina President Dr. Catherine Sevier said, “This issue is a top priority for older Tar Heels and that is why we are launching …

Caregivers have a big job and need some basic support

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-03-08T16:19:12-04:00">March 8, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-04-05T15:44:32-04:00">April 5, 2019</time> by AARP North Carolina

In North Carolina, there are 1.3 million people who are caring for a parent, spouse or other loved one, helping them to live independently at home. For many, family caregiving is more than helping with household chores or providing transportation. It includes complex care responsibilities that were once provided only by medical professionals. In fact, almost half of the 40 million family caregivers in America have performed medical or nursing tasks for their loved ones. These tasks include: Managing multiple …

Bi-partisan SAVE Act will improve health care access and lower costs

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-02-27T09:30:54-04:00">February 27, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-03-14T14:24:44-04:00">March 14, 2019</time> by AARP North Carolina

  RALEIGH – For more than 40 years, the laws regulating some of the most highly-trained healthcare providers in North Carolina have remained unchanged. With today’s introduction of the SAVE Act, legislators hope to modernize healthcare by removing outdated and unnecessary restrictions on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Primary sponsors of the bipartisan SAVE Act (SB 143/HB 185) include Sen. Ralph Hise, Rep. Josh Dobson, Rep. Donny Lambeth, Rep. Sarah Stevens, and Rep. Gale Adcock. The full title of the …

Three takeaways from the government shutdown

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-01-30T16:16:21-04:00">January 30, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-01-31T12:32:46-04:00">January 31, 2019</time> by AARP North Carolina

This isn’t so much about the Trump-Pelosi political dynamic as it about the lesson that the President just re-taught Americans of all ages.  He taught us how important it is to save.  Americans aren’t saving (enough) because it’s hard to do.  The 35-day shutdown stopped the steady flow of income for 800,000 federal workers, plus an untold number of businesses that rely on government spending.  As retirees already know, when the paychecks stop coming, there’s nothing left but savings, government …

Attorney General Josh Stein and Rep. Jason Saine announce legislation to strengthen protections against identity theft

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-01-18T15:38:43-04:00">January 18, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-05-13T09:39:16-04:00">May 13, 2019</time> by AARP North Carolina

CHARLOTTE — AARP joined Attorney General Josh Stein, Rep. Jason Saine and the Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Office to unveil legislation to strengthen North Carolina’s laws to prevent data breaches and to protect affected victims. “Last year, more than 1.9 million North Carolinians were estimated to have been affected by a data breach,” said Attorney General Stein. “This number is way too high. North Carolina’s laws on this issue are strong – but they need to be even stronger. Rep. Jason Saine …

AARP Mountain Region Volunteers Bring “Street Tweaks” Initiative to Asheville

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-01-10T14:50:57-04:00">January 10, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-01-10T15:02:09-04:00">January 10, 2019</time> by AARP North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, NC — Part of Asheville’s city center recently received a temporary makeover to show how some simple modifications can make public spaces better for people of all ages. This past November, AARP partnered with Asheville on Bikes, Blue Ridge Bicycle Club,  and the city of Asheville to construct and test some tweaks to public spaces to make walking and bicycling in the city safer and more accessible. An army of volunteers, including AARP Mountain Region members, led the effort over several months to …

AARP members and AARP Foundation donate to NC hurricane rebuilding efforts

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-12-13T11:10:41-04:00">December 13, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-12-13T11:46:20-04:00">December 13, 2018</time> by AARP North Carolina

RALEIGH – Recognizing the immediate and long-term challenges that those affected by Hurricane Florence still face, particularly vulnerable older adults, AARP members and AARP Foundation are donating $635,000 to various rebuilding as well as legal assistance efforts in North Carolina. AARP North Carolina Doug Dickerson said, “For vulnerable older adults, a natural disaster intensifies the struggles they already experience — so when communities are pummeled by catastrophic natural disasters, AARP responds. The donations were in large part due to an …