— State legislators will be back in session in May, and AARP North Carolina is gearing up to advocate for the state’s 1.3 million unpaid family caregivers, who save the state money on long-term care costs. Topping the legislative agenda is the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which would allow every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver—and would require hospitals to make reasonable efforts to show caregivers how to perform medical tasks their loved ones will need at home. …

Operation Protect Veterans AARP Nevada Fraud scams

— New Research Finds Military Veterans Victimized by Scams Twice as Often as Nonveterans WASHINGTON, D.C. – AARP North Carolina today announced that it is joining forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for Operation Protect Veterans — a campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. The major educational campaign will reach out to veterans in communities across North Carolina and nationwide. With a …

— Don’t miss these upcoming, free AARP course offerings in the Queen City. Finances 50+  Developed by AARP Foundation and the Charles Schwab Foundation, there is still time to take part in a course that helps participants map out an action plan for finding financial freedom. Free of charge and completely non-commercial, Finances 50+ focuses on budgeting, managing credit and debt, and building and protecting your assets. Appropriate for all ages. South County Library, 5801 Rea Road November 13 & 15, 6pm-7:30pm  – https://aarp.cvent.com/F50SCL116 …

— Veterans Day Weekend Free Celebration, Saturday, November 11  WILMINGTON — Veterans Day Weekend is the perfect time to honor those who serve. Join AARP, area Veterans organizations and others at “Celebration of Our Freedom,” from 12:30 pm until 5 pm, on Saturday, November 11, at Battleship Park in Wilmington. Celebrate Our Freedom The Celebration will include an opportunity to meet and thank Veterans, information to improve your health and wealth, kids’ activities, live music with the Brunswick Big Band, food …

— Loneliness isn’t just joyless. It can shorten your life, increasing the risk of premature death by 30 percent. That’s why AARP North Carolina has teamed up with the YMCA of Western North Carolina to sponsor the Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge. The challenge aims to reduce social isolation while helping participants achieve their personal health goals. For details about the challenge and a calendar of events, go to DisruptAgingChallenge.org. To read about other efforts to make Buncombe County increasingly age-friendly, …

— 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, …

— Join us online for free webinars, interactive videos, live chats and more AARP’s Online Family Caregiving Fair is Thursday, November 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET As a child, your parents provided the care. Now the roles are changing. If you’re one of over 40 million adults in the U.S. who provide unpaid care to a family member — or a first-time caregiver looking for helpful tips and advice, the AARP Online Family Caregiving Fair will help you make …

— Things adds up. Lost wages from taking time off. Travel costs related to going back and forth to a physician. Taking training to provide correct medical care. The medications and consultations. We’re talking about family caregivers, the legions of people out there who are caring for a loved one. It may be the child taking care of the parent who once took care of them, the spouse taking care of a husband or wife who has suffered a crippling illness. …

— How can he help you build your new business? From Passion to Profit, Part 2: Veteran Entrepreneurship takes place on Thursday, November 9, 2017 / 3:00 p.m. EST If you’re a veteran thinking about starting your own business, join AARP for a live webinar and hear from all of our inspiring veteran entrepreneurs as they share their journeys of starting and succeeding in business. Get new business insights from: Lee Dougherty, founder and host of Objective Rally Point networking event for …

— Join us for two live webcasts and get answers to your questions. Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment? Get your answers live! Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling, the two-part Q&A series from AARP Learn@50+ provides answers about the 2018 enrollment process. In part one, AARP’s experts will review the Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15) and answer your questions about the process. In part two, the AARP team will lead a …