— 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—Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for North Carolinians and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. AARP North Carolina President Dr. Catherine Sevier said, “This issue is a top priority for older Tar Heels and that is why we are launching …

— In North Carolina, there are 1.3 million people who are caring for a parent, spouse or other loved one, helping them to live independently at home. For many, family caregiving is more than helping with household chores or providing transportation. It includes complex care responsibilities that were once provided only by medical professionals. In fact, almost half of the 40 million family caregivers in America have performed medical or nursing tasks for their loved ones. These tasks include: Managing multiple …

—   RALEIGH – For more than 40 years, the laws regulating some of the most highly-trained healthcare providers in North Carolina have remained unchanged. With today’s introduction of the SAVE Act, legislators hope to modernize healthcare by removing outdated and unnecessary restrictions on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Primary sponsors of the bipartisan SAVE Act (SB 143/HB 185) include Sen. Ralph Hise, Rep. Josh Dobson, Rep. Donny Lambeth, Rep. Sarah Stevens, and Rep. Gale Adcock. The full title of the …

— This isn’t so much about the Trump-Pelosi political dynamic as it about the lesson that the President just re-taught Americans of all ages.  He taught us how important it is to save.  Americans aren’t saving (enough) because it’s hard to do.  The 35-day shutdown stopped the steady flow of income for 800,000 federal workers, plus an untold number of businesses that rely on government spending.  As retirees already know, when the paychecks stop coming, there’s nothing left but savings, government …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Government is broken. Politicians don’t seek common ground, arguing rather than creating results. But critical issues like Social Security, Medicare and prescription drug costs are all on the line. That’s why your voice matters. Let’s hold politicians accountable by voting this November. The election is coming and with big issues for lawmakers to address, we need our voices heard. (find your polling place) North Carolinians ages 50 plus are the state’s most influential voters. But there’s only one way politicians …

— North Carolinians ages 50 and above are the state’s most powerful voting bloc and it is important that we stay that way. Will you be the difference this November. Pledge to vote! As we wind our way closer to Election Day, older voters in the state want to know where the candidates stand on the issues most important to them. A big concern today is the high cost of prescription drugs. The next Congress has a chance at helping improve …