— 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 …

— Join us at a Celebration of Our Freedom in Wilmington on November 10, 11, 12 and 13 and enjoy some great live music, dancing, classic film, helpful information, discount tour admission for the USS North Carolina* with AARP membership card, food, friendship and fun! *AARP members: enjoy discount admission on the USS NC Battleship by showing your AARP membership card on November 11-13, 2016. Discounted water taxi rides to the Battleship by showing your AARP membership card on November 12 …

— AARP is hosting a Celebration of Freedom on Veterans Day weekend to honor North Carolinians who served in the armed forces. The free event will be Saturday, Nov. 12, from noon to 8 p.m., at the Battleship North Carolina Park in Wilmington. North Carolina ranks eighth in the nation in the number of veterans, with 775,000 resident vets. Everyone is invited to dance to the sounds of the Legacy of Motown Revue and the Imitations band. A free screening of …

— Did you know that AARP offers workshops every week in the Charlotte region? Whether you’re an AARP member or not, over 50 or not, all of our programs are free of charge, free of any sales pitches, and all geared towards helping you achieve real possibilities. This summer we began offering our programs at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery! Come have a beverage on us and take advantage of our informative programs led by our dedicated facilitators!   Life Reimagined The life …

— Been to the public library lately? It’s not your father’s library anymore. Times have changed and so too have the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Libraries. Goodbye Dewey Decimal, hello digital done right, whether it is free wi-fi or helping patrons close the digital divide. Experts say exercising your brain every day is a great way to keep it healthy. There is no better place to get that brain workout than at the library. Need a computer? Did you know you can reserve …