— 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 – Recognizing the immediate and long-term challenges that those affected by Hurricane Florence still face, particularly vulnerable older adults, AARP members and AARP Foundation are donating $635,000 to various rebuilding as well as legal assistance efforts in North Carolina. AARP North Carolina Doug Dickerson said, “For vulnerable older adults, a natural disaster intensifies the struggles they already experience — so when communities are pummeled by catastrophic natural disasters, AARP responds. The donations were in large part due to an …

— By Sue Price Johnson A career gerontologist, Althea Taylor-Jones is a natural leader in Forsyth County’s drive to build a more livable community for all generations. During her career as a college professor and administrator at Winston-Salem State University, she and her students worked with aging adults. Taylor-Jones, 71, of Kernersville, retired in 2009 but is still driven by a sense of mission. “If the Lord blessed us with a skill, he gave it to us not for ourselves but …

— ASHEVILLE — The irony was perfect: outside the front door of Asheville’s NC Stage Company, teenagers were skateboarding down Walnut Street, an elder’s classic stereotype of adolescence if there ever was one. Inside, a different group of teens (and elders) were creating and putting on a performance––“Mind the Gap”––about breaking down such stereotypes. “Mind the Gap” is a performance that changes with each group, because it is created from the stories of individuals within that group. The “gap” refers to …

— In support of that work, AARP is excited to be able to provide funding to organizations through the AARP Community Challenge to help them jumpstart progress on ongoing work. These “quick action” grants are being distributed to 129 organizations, with at least one in every state, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico, including right here in North Carolina.  The Community Challenge grants provide communities with the chance to fund innovative projects that can inspire change in areas such as transportation, open …

— GREENSBORO, NC – With nearly a quarter of the state’s residents expected to be age 60 or older by the year 2030, Guilford County took an important step to become a better place for people of all ages.  The County recently applied for the World Health Organization’s status of “age-friendly” by joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all ages by adopting such features as safe, walkable …

— Nearly 2.5 million North Carolinians live in areas that have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Elected officials in these cities, towns and rural areas have pledged to prepare for an aging population by improving factors that affect the health and well-being of older adults. One such factor is use of outdoor spaces. This spring, AARP North Carolina is hosting events across the state to improve parks, community gardens and other places where people gather for recreation and relaxation. …

—   RALEIGH — Former AARP North Carolina volunteer leaders Richard “Dick” and Diana “Dee” Hatch received recognition for their long-time contributions to improving the lives of older adults in North Carolina. The Hatches, along with aging advocate Polly Williams, were presented with Pioneer Awards by the NC Coalition on Aging, a statewide alliance composed of 61 organizations including AARP that are focused on aging issues in North Carolina. The Pioneer Award was established in 2016 to recognize individuals who have …

— RALEIGH — To help make North Carolina communities more livable for people of all ages, AARP NC awarded three “Community Challenge” grants to organizations working to expand opportunities and engagement for all residents. A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services. Once in place, those resources enhance personal independence; allow residents to age in place; and foster residents’ engagement in the community’s civic, …

— Facing the most dangerous hurricane on record, NC Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency for North Carolina.  While the exact path is uncertain, meteorologists predict Irma will move into the Carolinas between Sept 12-15.  It will likely hit with a strong wind field and heavy rainfall, which could have devastating effects.  AARP North Carolina advises its members to heed these five items to act on as soon as possible: Enough medicine, but not too much. If the …

— By Sue Price Johnson Hours after Hurricane Matthew drenched eastern North Carolina last year, a panicked caller searched for help escaping the floodwaters racing toward his rural home. The local 911 system was overloaded, so he called NC 2-1-1, whose specialists were able to coordinate the rescue through the local emergency management system. “It was between 1 and 4 in the morning,” said Janay, an information and referral specialist who asked that her last name not be used because of …