AARP lobbies to constantly fight to maintain funding that helps those essential services for the most vulnerable populations. Understand AARP's fight with the government with information from the communications director of the North Carolina AARP in this free video on financial services.
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Well, in North Carolina we're all about access to health care, access to long term care, affordable housing, proper tax policy toward homeowners and so forth. We constantly are fighting to maintain funding for essential services to those who are really in our most vulnerable populations. People who are living in their homes and are hoping to avoid a long term care institutional type setting, so we're constantly advocating for services such as home delivered meals, in home aide services, respite care and so forth. Where a person could say go to adult day care in order to give their family caregivers a break. Those sorts of things that are basically home and community based services. We're also fighting very hard to maintain quality in long term care facilities, since we feel like that is a very important mission. We are constantly involved with livable communities, so we would always be interested in transportation issues and making communities more livable in terms of traffic signage or roadways or adequate lighting to make sure that they're safe and people can have adequate mobility in them. We're very involved in trying to protect seniors from consumer fraud; not only legislatively, but in other ways as well. We would be actively advocating in the general assembly for ways to protect our most vulnerable citizens from fraud and abuse. In the housing area we fight very hard to keep property taxes affordable for seniors and we have been very active in issues like property tax deferral programs. Increases in the so called home stead exemption which allows people to permanently differ a portion of their property taxes based on their income to help provide more cash flow during their retirement years.