— 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!

— 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”). …

— 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 …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7 p.m. ET If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 7 p.m. ET The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— North Carolina residents had several days’ notice that Hurricane Florence was headed straight to Southeastern NC.  Despite warnings to evacuate, many residents stayed in their homes.  While their reasons varied, many cited that they don’t have the means to pay for lodging, gas and food to move to a safer place, even though free shelters were available to them.   Additionally, in the hurricane’s aftermath, people were shocked to learn that insurance policies usually won’t cover the flood damage, and …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 7 p.m. ET You’ve worked your whole life and now you can start thinking about your retirement options. But when should you claim your Social Security retirement benefits to get the biggest check? And how do you get the money coming in the first place? It can be a confusing process. …

— 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 …

— By Michelle Crouch Deb Wagner, 65, retired recently and is back on a budget for the first time in years. So when she heard that insurance carriers wanted to raise home policy rates an average of 18.7 percent across the state, she was not happy. “That much of a rate increase is going to have a big impact on people on a fixed income,” said Wagner, who lives in Swannanoa. “I don’t understand how they are justifying this request. We …

— Don’t miss these upcoming, free AARP course offerings in the Queen City. Finances 50+  Developed by AARP Foundation and the Charles Schwab Foundation, there is still time to take part in a course that helps participants map out an action plan for finding financial freedom. Free of charge and completely non-commercial, Finances 50+ focuses on budgeting, managing credit and debt, and building and protecting your assets. Appropriate for all ages. South County Library, 5801 Rea Road November 13 & 15, 6pm-7:30pm  – https://aarp.cvent.com/F50SCL116 …

— By Michelle Crouch Douglas Sherrow, a severely disabled Army veteran in Mint Hill, struggles to make ends meet on his military pension and Social Security. He and his wife are raising two grandchildren, and he said they’ve racked up thousands in credit card debt over four years. “I’ve never been in the hole this far,” said Sherrow, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a walker. “Taxes keep going up, and my ability to pay them is going down.” Sherrow, 69, …