— 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!

— 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 …

— North Carolina’s residential ratepayers are in for quite a shock if Duke Energy gets it way. Duke Energy, which includes Duke Energy Progress in Eastern North Carolina, and Duke Carolinas in the Western part of the state, has filed a request to the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC) to increase its overall rates by 14.9%. Increased rates and service charges For North Carolina residential customers, the rate increase would be even higher, about 16.7% or $17.80 more on the average customer’s …

— RALEIGH — For their efforts to support the needs of family caregivers, AARP recognized four members of the North Carolina General Assembly and former Governor Pat McCrory for their legislative leadership to help those taking care of loved ones in the Tarheel State. At a meeting today of the NC Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia, AARP North Carolina presented its “Capitol Caregiver” Awards to the former Governor as well Representatives Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D), Pat Hurley (R), Graig Meyer …

— Statement from AARP North Carolina State Director Doug Dickerson in reaction to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017: “AARP North Carolina is urging Senators Burr and Tillis to oppose the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.  The design of the plan will most surely result in higher health care costs for adults younger than 65 while providing for less healthcare coverage, and do nothing to rein in escalating costs of prescription drugs. It also undermines the recent advances …