— 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!

— 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 …

— When it comes to affording the medications our doctors prescribe, we all have heard about cost-cutting measures. Pill splitting, skipping doses, not filling prescriptions, and shopping through online pharmacies are all common practices. However, when it comes to health outcomes and fraud, many of these practices have some serious risks. Not taking medications as prescribed can lead to prolonged illness, relapses and even more medical costs. And according to the FDA, 97% of online pharmacies are illegitimate and unsafe. Even experts have difficulty identifying …

— ENTER THE AARP SAVINGS CHALLENGE FOR WEEKLY CHANCES TO WIN — CLICK AND SEND YOUR SHORT VIDEOS to NCAARP@aarp.org (45 seconds of less) AND ESSAYS (250 words or less) to enter. NO AARP MEMBERSHIP, PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.                                                   MEMBERSHIP, PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.   BRIEF OVERVIEW: The AARP Savings Challenge (“Promotion”) takes place between 12:00 am on December 1, 2018 through 11:59 pm on January 31, 2019 (“Promotion Period”). …

— Guilford County has recently joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, along with other counties such as Buncombe, Mecklenburg, Orange, and Wake. Age-Friendly Network members work toward becoming vibrant and welcoming for people of all ages through a continuous cycle of improvement in specific areas of design and sustainability. These areas promote health and quality of life for older adults and benefit all those in the community. An early step in the process of becoming an Age-Friendly Community is assessing …

— By Lisa H. Towle When Jodie Appel opened a spa called the Salt Cave in Asheville in 2012, she and her partners, who also happen to be her parents, concentrated on promoting the health benefits of spending time in a nature-inspired salt mine. Five years later, their focus expanded to offering a rarer benefit: a voluntary retirement savings program for their 15 employees. “If you take care of your people, they will be even more encouraged to stay with you …

— Voting in the mid-term elections is easy for some people – just a quick walk around the corner or a short drive to the polling station. But for others, it may seem impossible. Taking time off from work or overcoming physical disabilities can prevent many people from exercising their right to vote. And living in remote or rural communities can make getting to the polls particularly difficult. But with a little advance planning, you can make sure your vote is …