— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— GREENSBORO, NC – With nearly a quarter of the state’s residents expected to be age 60 or older by the year 2030, Guilford County took an important step to become a better place for people of all ages.  The County recently applied for the World Health Organization’s status of “age-friendly” by joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all ages by adopting such features as safe, walkable …

— If you’ve been a victim of identity theft or some other kind of fraud, you are not alone. Nearly 70,000 North Carolinians filed claims of fraud, identity theft or other consumer complaints with the Federal Trade Commission in 2017. Nearly a fifth of those complaints were related to debt collection, and almost a fifth of the identity theft complaints were related to employment and taxes. In 2017, Durham-Chapel Hill ranked 43rd out of 392 metro areas nationwide in identity theft …

— RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — In a new program entitled “Booming,” airing in May on UNC-TV, and the NC Channel, viewers will learn how, four different programs are creating community and are building healthy and active opportunities for older adults to engage with others. By the year 2025,  the vast majority (90 of 100) counties in the state will have more residents ages 65 and older, than those 18 and younger. That is the reason why several communities in the …

— Our Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …

— When the insurance industry asked state regulators to allow an 18.7 percent increase in homeowners insurance, AARP advocates pushed back. Although no increase is a good one, thanks to your voices, the increase will be more modest averaging 4.8 percent. And for several areas in the state, rates will even go down. The last homeowners’ insurance rate increase was seven percent in 2012. The agreement also covers insurance for tenants of apartments and condominiums, which is capped at 12 percent …

— 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 …

— North Carolina public policy expert Lisa Diaz Riegel has joined AARP North Carolina as Manager of Advocacy and Communications to help advance the needs of older adults in the state. One of her main goals at AARP is to help prepare policymakers and communities to meet the needs of the state’s rapidly aging population. Riegel, who most recently worked to improve transportation options for people of all ages as Executive Director of BikeWalk North Carolina, understands that addressing the needs …