— Fraud that targets older adults is a big problem in North Carolina and nationally. According to the latest statistics from the Consumer Sentinel and the NC Department of Justice, there were 57,838 North Carolina complaints about identity theft and fraud in 2014. (That report is being updated this spring and finds that the problem is getting worse). AARP North Carolina is working to protect people from fraud and scams that target older adults. AARP is part of the NC Senior …

— RALEIGH — Lowering your monthly health care insurance premium sounds pretty good. But what if your new coverage doesn’t cover preexisting conditions, caps your coverage or charges you more because your older or work in an occupation that requires physical activity? What if the company or association you bought your policy from is no longer solvent and can’t pay your claim? Under a new plan being rushed through the North Carolina General Assembly, some ugly problems with the health insurance …

— CHARLOTTE — Former Director of Legislative Affairs for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Lara J. Cole has joined AARP North Carolina as Associate State Director in the Charlotte Region. Cole has extensive experience in developing public policy and managing grassroots campaigns in 15 states. In addition, she served as legislative counsel to two members of Congress, Rep. G.K.  Butterfield of Eastern North Carolina, and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota. AARP North Carolina Director Doug Dickerson explains, “Lara Cole’s …

— Our Two-Part Online Q&A Session Can Help You Stay Up-to-Date Staying Connected, Competitive and Current in Your Career Part 1: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET From job search to daily job requirements, technology now plays a role in virtually every career. Have your skills kept pace? Maybe you’re looking to change careers or advance in your current job. Or perhaps you haven’t had a job …

— By Sue Price Johnson Long-term care in the state—from in-home services to institutional care—ranks 38th in the nation, according to a recent survey. AARP North Carolina, the state Department of Health and Human Services and other organizations are working to upgrade that performance. They support legislation that helps improve the quality of care and are educating the public about issues such as tighter oversight of facilities and the high cost of care. Families seeking long-term care for a relative often …

— Before you vote, take the time to get to know where the candidates stand on issues that matter the most to AARP members and their families. This guide helps explain more about the top federal voting issues for older adults, as well as some guiding principals when it comes to the future of our health care and economic security. For more information on any of these voting issues, go to www.aarp.org/vote. MEDICARE Medicare Must Be Preserved and Strengthened Medicare provides …

— ASHEVILLE – At a regional fraud prevention event held by elder advocates across the Mountain Region, AARP volunteer Betsy Cantrell was presented with the AARP Andrus Award for her outstanding contributions to improving the lives of adults as they age. The award, named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus is given each year to the North Carolinian who has done the most to promote the health, economic security and well-being of older adults. According to AARP North Carolina, Cantrell …

— GREENSBORO, NC – With nearly a quarter of the state’s residents expected to be age 60 or older by the year 2030, Guilford County took an important step to become a better place for people of all ages.  The County recently applied for the World Health Organization’s status of “age-friendly” by joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all ages by adopting such features as safe, walkable …

— If you’ve been a victim of identity theft or some other kind of fraud, you are not alone. Nearly 70,000 North Carolinians filed claims of fraud, identity theft or other consumer complaints with the Federal Trade Commission in 2017. Nearly a fifth of those complaints were related to debt collection, and almost a fifth of the identity theft complaints were related to employment and taxes. In 2017, Durham-Chapel Hill ranked 43rd out of 392 metro areas nationwide in identity theft …

— RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — In a new program entitled “Booming,” airing in May on UNC-TV, and the NC Channel, viewers will learn how, four different programs are creating community and are building healthy and active opportunities for older adults to engage with others. By the year 2025,  the vast majority (90 of 100) counties in the state will have more residents ages 65 and older, than those 18 and younger. That is the reason why several communities in the …