— By Sue Price Johnson Long-term care in the state—from in-home services to institutional care—ranks 38th in the nation, according to a recent survey. AARP North Carolina, the state Department of Health and Human Services and other organizations are working to upgrade that performance. They support legislation that helps improve the quality of care and are educating the public about issues such as tighter oversight of facilities and the high cost of care. Families seeking long-term care for a relative often …

— ASHEVILLE – At a regional fraud prevention event held by elder advocates across the Mountain Region, AARP volunteer Betsy Cantrell was presented with the AARP Andrus Award for her outstanding contributions to improving the lives of adults as they age. The award, named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus is given each year to the North Carolinian who has done the most to promote the health, economic security and well-being of older adults. According to AARP North Carolina, Cantrell …

— RALEIGH – As part of an initiative to help curb fraud and identity theft that target older North Carolinians, AARP is pleased to announce a new top volunteer position it is working to fill.  AARP’s Fraud Prevention Impact Leader will work with AARP North Carolina Executive Council members and other volunteers to develop and implement a statewide fraud prevention plan and extend AARP Fraud Watch Network programs and advocacy across the state. Fraud and identity theft continue to be growing …

— Like AARP, faith-based communities and places of worship have helped people take care of loved ones, save more for their future, find health and job resources and so much more. Many in the faith community were surprised and delighted to learn of all of AARP’s current offerings and relevancy to their congregations.  In-person engagement is the most effective method of educating community leaders about AARP and cultivating relationships. AARP North Carolina has a new volunteer position to help lead AARP’s work …

— This year, the number of North Carolinians 60 and older is likely to exceed those under 18. That makes AARP North Carolina’s work even more relevant, especially in certain western counties, where projections show residents 65-plus could be about a third of the population by 2030. AARP North Carolina is hosting workshops and community events in the state’s Mountain Region to help residents save for retirement, locate caregiver resources, find jobs, and stay physically and socially active. Volunteers are critical …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax-filing help to those who need it most. With the growing popularity of the program, AARP is looking for even more volunteers to join other compassionate and friendly individuals to assist. Last year in North Carolina, over 1,100 tax aide volunteers at more than 100 sites helped 77,776 individuals save $7,402,793 in earned income tax credits. Unlike other tax services, AARP Tax Aide is free and available in person or online. AARP North Carolina State …

—   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 — Dr. Catherine Harvey Sevier of Greensboro has been appointed as the new state president of AARP North Carolina. The volunteer led AARP has 1.1 million members in the state and is instrumental in improving the lives of older adults through information, advocacy, community service and local offerings and events. Dr. Sevier has an extensive background in clinical nursing, academic cancer center administration, and health policy development. She was founding Executive Director/COO of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), which …

— By Michelle Crouch Rob Cooley knows that keeping his 40 employees happy is crucial to the long-term success of his business, two Apple Annie’s Bake Shops in Wilmington. But it’s tough for small-business owners to offer the same benefits as larger companies, he said, especially when it comes to retirement. “Setting up some kind of retirement plan is just cost prohibitive,” said Cooley, 49, who is also a co-owner of a beer and wine store with his family. “Small businesses …

— Choosing a Medicare plan is an important, but often overwhelming, decision. AARP North Carolina is proud to partner with the North Carolina Department of Insurance on a new program being offered in the Charlotte region, The Road to Medicare. The Road to Medicare gives a basic overview of Medicare and is particularly helpful for those who will soon be eligible for Medicare or those who have recently joined. The presenter is a trained volunteer counselor of the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program. SHIIP is …