— 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 …

— RALEIGH — AARP North Carolina delivered about 1,400 petitions today to the North Carolina Utilities Commission from residential ratepayers concerned about the steep rate hike request by Duke Carolinas. The company, which serves 2 million customers in parts of the Piedmont and Western North Carolina, is seeking asking to raise their rates by more than 11 percent As part of the company’s rate request, the Commission is also is deciding if consumers will pay billions of dollars for a nuclear …

— 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 …

— Bowing to pressure from thousands of older adults struggling to pay a range of bills from medicines, water, and groceries, Duke Progress Energy was forced to accept a much lower rate increase than it requested from the North Carolina Utilities Commission.  Late Friday, the Commission rejected Duke’s $20 average increase, cutting it back by $11 per residential customer.  With this decision, Duke Progress customers will pay about $6 per month more for their electricity, and about $3 per month more …

— GREENSBORO – North Carolina aging and caregiving expert Mark Hensley has joined AARP North Carolina as Associate State Director for Community Outreach and Advocacy in the Triad Region. Hensley previously coordinated North Carolina’s Alzheimer’s and dementia services for the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services (DHHS), where he led efforts to implement NC’s first Alzheimer’s State Plan including the development of Dementia-Capable Communities across the state. Prior to this post, he served as …

— 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 …

— Thanks to the great work of AARP advocates, the Bipartisan Budget Act signed last week by President Trump, includes several important wins when it comes to controlling our health care costs. Without your help to repeal caps to physical, occupational and speech therapies, seniors would have been forced to pay out of pocket for these services. The Budget Act also includes measures that AARP has long fought for to lower prescription drug costs including: Expediting the closing of the Medicare …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— CHARLOTTE – In January, AARP members from the Piedmont and Western portions of North Carolina spoke out forcefully against Duke Carolinas’ rate hike proposal that will add about $20 a month to your electric bill. At public hearings in Franklin, Greensboro and Charlotte, dozens of AARP members told members of the NC Utilities Commission that the 16.7 percent rate increase and a 50 percent hike in the monthly service charge the company seeks is too much for fixed income older …