— 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!

— 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 …

— 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 …

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— Here are some things caregivers should focus on when preparing for Hurricane Florence or other emergencies: Financial and legal preparedness: Ensure key documents for financial records, health care power of attorney and other advance directives are easy to access in case of an emergency. Perhaps make electronic copies available via a secure online storage app. Alerts and warnings: Set up wireless emergency alerts on smartphone; get a weather radio, check out other options. Emergency communication plans: With contact lists always …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— AARP North Carolina is encouraging caregivers to share their stories to help build momentum for advocacy. Through legislation backed by AARP, the state recently joined the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, which can help ease a shortage of health care providers. AARP also supported a power of attorney law that makes it easier for families to take care of loved ones across state lines. This summer, AARP North Carolina named six state legislators and the governor to the bipartisan AARP Capitol …

— RALEIGH – To recognize their integral work to support family caregivers in North Carolina last year, AARP named Governor Roy Cooper, State Senators Warren Daniel and Paul Newton and State Representatives John Szoka, Gale Adcock, Beverly G. Boswell, Donna McDowell White as “Capitol Caregivers.” The North Carolina lawmakers join a group of over 100 Capitol Caregivers from 30 states. These leaders have advanced policies in 2017 to support family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live …

— By Sue Price Johnson Long-term care in the state—from in-home services to institutional care—ranks 38th in the nation, according to a recent survey. AARP North Carolina, the state Department of Health and Human Services and other organizations are working to upgrade that performance. They support legislation that helps improve the quality of care and are educating the public about issues such as tighter oversight of facilities and the high cost of care. Families seeking long-term care for a relative often …

— Our Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— When retired Air Force officer Sam Wood of Durham learned that the pharmaceutical industry was pushing back on a federal attempt to close the Medicare Part D donut hole, he took action. Like thousands of other AARP advocates, he called his members of Congress urging them to close the coverage gap. Wood manages his heart condition with several prescriptions and is worried about the future affordability of the medications his doctors prescribe.  Thankfully, with your urging, he can rest a …