— 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!

— Medicaid patients in long-term care often have outside income, such as Social Security or pensions. But Medicaid takes most of that money to defray care costs, leaving residents with little to spend on personal items, such as toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and gifts for family members. A personal needs allowance (PNA) is a provision that allows patients to recoup some of those costs, but the limits—$30 per month for those in nursing homes and $46 for those in assisted living—have not …

— ENTER THE AARP SAVINGS CHALLENGE FOR WEEKLY CHANCES TO WIN — CLICK AND SEND YOUR SHORT VIDEOS (45 seconds of less) AND ESSAYS (250 words or less) to enter.  Full contest rules can be found here. Are you worried about the shape of your savings? Around half of American households have no retirement accounts at all. No 401(k)s, no IRAs, nothing. You might think that’s because we’re all expecting pension income in retirement. In fact, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), around …

— 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”). …

— To head off charity scams in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, AARP joined the NC Attorney General, United Way of North Carolina and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina to warn residents that scammers are capitalizing on people’s willingness to donate to hurricane recovery and clean up efforts. If you want to ensure that your donation will count and be used for what it was intended for, watchdogs are providing some warnings and tips. Attorney General Josh Stein …

— RALEIGH –Medicare contributes $19.5 million to North Carolina’s economy, equivalent to 21% of state and local government spending in the state, according to a new report from AARP. Medicare also covers 1,788,687 beneficiaries in the state. Older Americans have said Medicare is one of their top issues in the 2018 mid-term elections, and AARP North Carolina is working to encourage voter participation this election season. “Medicare is a major economic engine in our state’s economy, as well as a key …

— The right to vote, along with full and fair representation, is the most basic of all political rights.  AARP North Carolina is against the effort for a state constitutional amendment (HB1092) that would, in practical terms, reduce voter participation by inhibiting basic American voting rights. We urge legislators and voters to oppose any constitutional amendment for new identification requirements. Suppressing the most active voters If new requirements for identifying voters at the polls are enacted, they will almost certainly reduce …

—   NEW — PLEASE WATCH: NC fraud fighters give you tips on spotting, preventing and reporting home contractor scams.   Fraud that targets older adults is a big problem in North Carolina and nationally. According to the latest statistics from the Consumer Sentinel and the NC Department of Justice, there were 57,838 North Carolina complaints about identity theft and fraud in 2014. (That report is being updated this spring and finds that the problem is getting worse). AARP North Carolina …

— RALEIGH — As a way to thank and honor those who served, AARP is hosting a free reception open to the public from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Tuesday, March 13, at the North Carolina Museum of History.  The reception is in conjunction with the Museum’s Picturing Nam exhibit, a free exhibit made possible by the National Archives. Audrey Galloway, Associate State Director for AARP and event organizer said, “AARP values the freedom and rights secured by Veterans, the military …

— Veterans Day Weekend Free Celebration, Saturday, November 11  WILMINGTON — Veterans Day Weekend is the perfect time to honor those who serve. Join AARP, area Veterans organizations and others at “Celebration of Our Freedom,” from 12:30 pm until 5 pm, on Saturday, November 11, at Battleship Park in Wilmington. Celebrate Our Freedom The Celebration will include an opportunity to meet and thank Veterans, information to improve your health and wealth, kids’ activities, live music with the Brunswick Big Band, food …