— 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 …

— 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 …

— By Michelle Crouch Julia McLean, 70, knew it was time to get a second pneumonia vaccination. Her doctor had reminded her, but the holidays were coming, so she decided to put it off. That turned out to be a mistake. In early 2017, McLean came down with pneumonia. “It was horrible,” said McLean, who lives in Charlotte. “I was really, really sick for three weeks. I felt terrible, I had no energy, and it seemed like it took forever to …

— State legislators will be back in session in May, and AARP North Carolina is gearing up to advocate for the state’s 1.3 million unpaid family caregivers, who save the state money on long-term care costs. Topping the legislative agenda is the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which would allow every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver—and would require hospitals to make reasonable efforts to show caregivers how to perform medical tasks their loved ones will need at home. …

Operation Protect Veterans AARP Nevada Fraud scams

— New Research Finds Military Veterans Victimized by Scams Twice as Often as Nonveterans WASHINGTON, D.C. – AARP North Carolina today announced that it is joining forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for Operation Protect Veterans — a campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. The major educational campaign will reach out to veterans in communities across North Carolina and nationwide. With a …

— Things adds up. Lost wages from taking time off. Travel costs related to going back and forth to a physician. Taking training to provide correct medical care. The medications and consultations. We’re talking about family caregivers, the legions of people out there who are caring for a loved one. It may be the child taking care of the parent who once took care of them, the spouse taking care of a husband or wife who has suffered a crippling illness. …

— RALEIGH — For their efforts to support the needs of family caregivers, AARP recognized four members of the North Carolina General Assembly and former Governor Pat McCrory for their legislative leadership to help those taking care of loved ones in the Tarheel State. At a meeting today of the NC Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia, AARP North Carolina presented its “Capitol Caregiver” Awards to the former Governor as well Representatives Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D), Pat Hurley (R), Graig Meyer …

— You did it! With a little over half of the year behind us, I want to reflect on the legislative success made possible by AARP volunteers like you.  Dozens of volunteers met with elected officials, while thousands of home-based activists sent important e-mails and made calls.  Volunteers even staffed community events, talked to the public about the issues at stake and convinced many to sign petitions to elected officials.  Even more boldy, some volunteers told their personal stories in videos, helping …

— Many of North Carolina’s family caregivers, patients, and retirees may welcome three new measures AARP helped gain bi-partisan support for through the General Assembly. This week, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law three bills to make life a little easier and more affordable for many older adults and their families. Nurse Licensure Compact To help respond to a shortage of healthcare workers in North Carolina, licensed nurses from other states can now move here and begin working with less red …

— CHARLOTTE — AARP in Charlotte is presenting a series of free workshops this month to help people prepare the challenges of caregiving and long-term care as well as an overview of Medicare, from how to choose a plan and the benefits Medicare offers, to what changes to the program may come in the future. The events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Prepare to Care This workshop includes information on how to have vital conversations …