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RALEIGH – Newly published figures from the AARP Public Policy Institute finds that at the end of October, less than 44 percent of nursing home residents in North Carolina were up to date on their vaccinations and confirmed COVID-19 cases were on the rise. When it comes to nursing home staff, 46 percent were vaccinated and boosted, but only 19 percent are currently up to date.
Virus Outbreak Vaccine North Carolina
A guide to where, when and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster.
Legal and estate planning documents
AARP North Carolina is working to make it easier for residents to get advance directives in place on how they want to be cared for during a serious illness.
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By 2029, every fifth North Carolinian will be 65 or older. By 2031, there will be more people 65 and older than there will be children. AARP North Carolina is working to ensure the state is prepared for this. It is a member of the newly created Task Force on Healthy Aging, a project of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. 
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GREENSBORO, NC -- The Summer Nutrition & Cooking Series presented by AARP in the Triad is for anyone who wants to make nutrition a top priority this summer by learning more about herbs and spices, and finding inspiration for cooking more.
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RALEIGH – If the NC House of Representatives acts in the Short Session, state lawmakers will make substantial progress when it comes to improving both the access and affordability of health care in the state.  Following many years exploring healthcare policy changes and a recent bipartisan Joint Legislative Study Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion, the state Senate passed HB 149 with bipartisan and near unanimous (by one vote) support.
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COVID-19 has delivered a grim reminder of the serious and chronic issues residents and staff in nursing homes face.  But long before the pandemic, many of these facilities were cited frequently for problems such as poor infection control, understaffing, inappropriate discharges and more.
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In the United States, the vast majority of long-term care for older people is provided by family members, such as and spouses, children and other relatives. But LGBTQ elders are only half as likely as their heterosexual counterparts to have close family to lean on for help.
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GREENSBORO, NC -- Do you ask yourself every day, "What’s for dinner?" If you are like most people, you want to start off the new year by eating better. Are you sick of your own cooking?  If so, this is a great virtual opportunity for you to learn to prepare new tasty and nutritious meals.
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