— GREENSBORO – North Carolina aging and caregiving expert Mark Hensley has joined AARP North Carolina as Associate State Director for Community Outreach and Advocacy in the Triad Region. Hensley previously coordinated North Carolina’s Alzheimer’s and dementia services for the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services (DHHS), where he led efforts to implement NC’s first Alzheimer’s State Plan including the development of Dementia-Capable Communities across the state. Prior to this post, he served as …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax-filing help to those who need it most. With the growing popularity of the program, AARP is looking for even more volunteers to join other compassionate and friendly individuals to assist. Last year in North Carolina, over 1,100 tax aide volunteers at more than 100 sites helped 77,776 individuals save $7,402,793 in earned income tax credits. Unlike other tax services, AARP Tax Aide is free and available in person or online. AARP North Carolina State …

— Thanks to the great work of AARP advocates, the Bipartisan Budget Act signed last week by President Trump, includes several important wins when it comes to controlling our health care costs. Without your help to repeal caps to physical, occupational and speech therapies, seniors would have been forced to pay out of pocket for these services. The Budget Act also includes measures that AARP has long fought for to lower prescription drug costs including: Expediting the closing of the Medicare …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— CHARLOTTE – In January, AARP members from the Piedmont and Western portions of North Carolina spoke out forcefully against Duke Carolinas’ rate hike proposal that will add about $20 a month to your electric bill. At public hearings in Franklin, Greensboro and Charlotte, dozens of AARP members told members of the NC Utilities Commission that the 16.7 percent rate increase and a 50 percent hike in the monthly service charge the company seeks is too much for fixed income older …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— You spoke, they listened… If NC insurers had their way, homeowners and renters would be paying much more for their insurance in 2018.  A little-known proposal by the NC Rate Bureau was quickly moving forward over the holidays that would have increased North Carolina homeowners insurance by an average of 18.7 percent, and renters insurance by 30-40 percent. Legally, the rate increase process is subject to public hearings.  But with little transparency or publicity by the NC Department of Insurance …

— Join our online event for free job searching tips, tools resources, interactive videos, recruiter chats and more. AARP’s Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work & Skills Thursday, January 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET You can find jobs that don’t require 40-plus hours a week in just about every industry and company. But why choose part-time work? You may miss the office camaraderie after stopping full-time work. Or you may want some extra income to travel or fund …

— AARP North Carolina joined Attorney General Josh Stein and State Representative Jason Saine (R) Lincolnton, when they introduced a proposal to strengthen North Carolina’s laws to prevent data breaches and to protect affected victims. The Attorney General and other state law enforcement officials have been part of AARP’s efforts to protect North Carolinians from fraud and scams that target older adults. “Last year, more than 5.3 million North Carolinians were estimated to have been affected by a data breach,” said …

— The Tar Heel State has mountains, a seaside and a renowned research hub. In addition, communities across the state are taking steps to become more age-friendly. More than 2.5 million North Carolinians live in areas that have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The AARP state office wants to increase that number to 5 million by 2020. U.S. Census projections show 1 in 5 North Carolinians will be 65 or older by 2035. Communities that join the network commit …