— 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!

— AARP North Carolina is hard at work, standing up for older citizens on issues important to them, including Medicare, Social Security, retirement, financial security and caregiving. AARP urges all members to do their part and hold elected officials accountable at the ballot box. On Nov. 6, North Carolina will hold contests for all 13 U.S. House seats, every seat in the state General Assembly and six ballot initiatives. While midterm elections tend to attract less attention, older voters in North …

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— AARP invites you to see this powerful one-hour documentary, meet the author and producer, and learn how important lessons from the past are relevant today. POWER TO HEAL is an hour-long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across …

— North Carolinians ages 50 and above are the state’s most powerful voting bloc and it is important that we stay that way. Will you be the difference this November. Pledge to vote! As we wind our way closer to Election Day, older voters in the state want to know where the candidates stand on the issues most important to them. A big concern today is the high cost of prescription drugs. The next Congress has a chance at helping improve …

— Before you vote, take the time to get to know where the candidates stand on issues that matter the most to AARP members and their families. This guide helps explain more about the top federal voting issues for older adults, as well as some guiding principals when it comes to the future of our health care and economic security. For more information on any of these voting issues, go to www.aarp.org/vote. MEDICARE Medicare Must Be Preserved and Strengthened Medicare provides …

— By Michelle Crouch Douglas Sherrow, a severely disabled Army veteran in Mint Hill, struggles to make ends meet on his military pension and Social Security. He and his wife are raising two grandchildren, and he said they’ve racked up thousands in credit card debt over four years. “I’ve never been in the hole this far,” said Sherrow, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a walker. “Taxes keep going up, and my ability to pay them is going down.” Sherrow, 69, …

— AARP North Carolina released the third and final part of the Gubernatorial Voters Guide with Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper. The two present their proposals to make communities across the state “age-friendly.” When it comes to meeting the needs of a rapidly aging state population, the candidates share their ideas on how to make communities better places for all ages. In a related development, at last night’s Wake County Commissioners meeting, the county formally enlisted in the …

— RALEIGH — A new AARP survey of North Carolina registered voters ages 45 plus, finds an information gap when it comes to voters’ knowledge of the gubernatorial candidates’ policy proposals and the voting issues that age cohort care most about. The same survey found that the vast majority of older voters, 97 percent, plan to participate in Election 2016, and will be a deciding factor in both the federal and state races. AARP North Carolina Director Doug Dickerson explains, in …

— As the largest representative of older voters in the state, it can be tempting to imply that AARP supports a particular party or candidate.  AARP has a proud history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to our members and their families, so they can make their own decisions on Election Day. AARP is strictly non-partisan AARP was not aware of, nor does it have any involvement with, any political campaign …

— At the AARP sponsored domino tournament at the Puerto Rican Festival in Charlotte, Associate State Director for Hispanic Outreach Leo Scarpati said, “When it comes to your financial security, don’t leave it up to a game of chance.” Scarpati and AARP volunteers were sharing information about the importance of Social Security and how the Presidential candidates are sharing their ideas for its future through AARP’s “Take a Stand” campaign website. Scarpati said, “Dominos is a game of numbers, but for …

— When voters show up at the polls in some of North Carolinas larger cities, they may notice a campaign sign that looks a lot different than those of the candidates. AARP’s “Take a Stand” volunteers are fanning out across the state pressing candidates from both parties to lay out their plans to keep Social Security financially sound for future generations. This week on “Without Limits,” you’ll learn more about the urgency to strengthen the program and how AARP members are …