— 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!

— 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 …

— 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 …

— By Michelle Crouch When patients come into the emergency room during the overnight shift at St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus, they can be examined by a doctor much faster than they used to be—but the doctor may be on a computer screen. It’s a trade-off most patients are happy to make, said Kimberly Vaughn, a nurse at St. Luke’s. “I was a little skeptical at first, but it has been wonderful,” she said. “Our patients are getting admitted faster, and …

— Sign Up for Our Free Online Work and Skills Event Online Career Networking Expo: Spotlight on Part-Time Work and Skills Thursday, January 24, 2019, 1-4 p.m. ET Looking for part-time work? AARP’s Online Career Networking Expo is bringing the employers, the skills and the possibilities of part-time work to you! This free, unique event lets you network with employers online and learn how to improve the skills that can get you noticed. Tune in to expert-led webinars such as: Age-Proof Your …

— Get Your Questions Answered at AARP’s Free Webinar for Family Caregivers Navigating Insurance for Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Caring for a loved one and have questions about their insurance options? Good news! AARP’s two-part question and answer webinar has the answers—and it’s free to attend. Register now to get expert advice about Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other payment options. The webinar will also cover …

— 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 …

— Holiday shopping online increases the risks of identity theft and other web-based scams. AARP North Carolina and the N.C. Senior Consumer Fraud Task Force are working to protect residents from cybercrime, including phishing, the practice of using tempting online deals to lure consumers into disclosing their sensitive personal and financial information. The Tar Heel State ranked 16th nationwide in per capita fraud reports last year, with 60,621 complaints to the Federal Trade Commission. People age 65 and older accounted for …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7 p.m. ET The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— ENTER THE AARP SAVINGS CHALLENGE FOR WEEKLY CHANCES TO WIN — CLICK AND SEND YOUR SHORT VIDEOS (45 seconds of less) AND ESSAYS (250 words or less) to enter.  Full contest rules can be found here. Are you worried about the shape of your savings? Around half of American households have no retirement accounts at all. No 401(k)s, no IRAs, nothing. You might think that’s because we’re all expecting pension income in retirement. In fact, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), around …