— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger North Carolina. We hope you’ll join us!

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— AARP invites you to see this powerful one-hour documentary, meet the author and producer, and learn how important lessons from the past are relevant today. POWER TO HEAL is an hour-long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across …

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— Here are some things caregivers should focus on when preparing for Hurricane Florence or other emergencies: Financial and legal preparedness: Ensure key documents for financial records, health care power of attorney and other advance directives are easy to access in case of an emergency. Perhaps make electronic copies available via a secure online storage app. Alerts and warnings: Set up wireless emergency alerts on smartphone; get a weather radio, check out other options. Emergency communication plans: With contact lists always …

— North Carolinians ages 50 and above are the state’s most powerful voting bloc and it is important that we stay that way. Will you be the difference this November. Pledge to vote! As we wind our way closer to Election Day, older voters in the state want to know where the candidates stand on the issues most important to them. A big concern today is the high cost of prescription drugs. The next Congress has a chance at helping improve …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 7 p.m. ET You’ve worked your whole life and now you can start thinking about your retirement options. But when should you claim your Social Security retirement benefits to get the biggest check? And how do you get the money coming in the first place? It can be a confusing process. …

— By Sue Price Johnson A career gerontologist, Althea Taylor-Jones is a natural leader in Forsyth County’s drive to build a more livable community for all generations. During her career as a college professor and administrator at Winston-Salem State University, she and her students worked with aging adults. Taylor-Jones, 71, of Kernersville, retired in 2009 but is still driven by a sense of mission. “If the Lord blessed us with a skill, he gave it to us not for ourselves but …

— ASHEVILLE — The irony was perfect: outside the front door of Asheville’s NC Stage Company, teenagers were skateboarding down Walnut Street, an elder’s classic stereotype of adolescence if there ever was one. Inside, a different group of teens (and elders) were creating and putting on a performance––“Mind the Gap”––about breaking down such stereotypes. “Mind the Gap” is a performance that changes with each group, because it is created from the stories of individuals within that group. The “gap” refers to …

— Get Information on the Skills to Get Your Next Job Attend AARP’s live online workshop Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 7-8 p.m. ET When it comes to finding a new job, everyone could improve their networking and interview skills—especially in today’s ultra-competitive market. The good news is, there are some tips and ideas that can help you stand out from the crowd and secure the position you want. Sharpening Your Networking and Interview Skills is a live online workshop based on …

— RALEIGH –Medicare contributes $19.5 million to North Carolina’s economy, equivalent to 21% of state and local government spending in the state, according to a new report from AARP. Medicare also covers 1,788,687 beneficiaries in the state. Older Americans have said Medicare is one of their top issues in the 2018 mid-term elections, and AARP North Carolina is working to encourage voter participation this election season. “Medicare is a major economic engine in our state’s economy, as well as a key …

— In support of that work, AARP is excited to be able to provide funding to organizations through the AARP Community Challenge to help them jumpstart progress on ongoing work. These “quick action” grants are being distributed to 129 organizations, with at least one in every state, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico, including right here in North Carolina.  The Community Challenge grants provide communities with the chance to fund innovative projects that can inspire change in areas such as transportation, open …