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NCSTHL - For all Senior Citizens in North Carolina

Rev. Dwight Cartner - Speaker NCSTHL

Thank you for checking into the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature’s (NCSTHL) web site. I am Dwight Cartner, newly elected Speaker for the NCSTHL and am excited to work with all senior citizens across this great state.

North Carolina faces many challenges as it prepares to meet the needs and demands of a rapidly growing aging population. North Carolina has the 9th largest population of people 60+ in the country. Unfortunately, there are over 10,000 older adults who are waiting for services such as Meals on Wheels, transportation, in-home aide and others that help them remain active, independent and healthy in the community.

Later life should be a beautiful and happy time. For some, it’s a chance to relax; for others, it’s a chance to give of themselves through volunteerism, while others seek education and the sharing of knowledge. NCSTHL Delegates and Alternates from across the state work diligently to improve senior citizens’ lives by establishing legislative priorities that we advocate for in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Together, we work at creating a North Carolina where senior citizens age with dignity and respect. Each of us has a role to play in making this happen. Each of us needs to start thinking about our own aging and then begin planning to meet future needs. To help prepare for those needs, think about the following:

  1. Housing - Where will you live out your retirement years? Most people want to remain in their own homes as long as possible. Is your current home accessible? What modifications would need to be made? Will you move to a senior apartment, assisted living, or move in with family?
  2. Health Care - Medicare covers many health-related illnesses and conditions. As we age, we tend to experience chronic conditions that send us to the doctor more frequently than when we were younger. Health care issues for older adults revolve around cost and access. Remember to plan for Vision, Hearing and Dental Care needs.
  3. Nutrition - Research shows that eating a well-balanced diet is key to maintaining good health. In addition, seniors need to drink more water.
  4. Financial Planning - Only recently has attention turned to retirement financial planning. Many people have not set aside enough money to live comfortably in retirement. Some people are working later in life and taking Social Security later in order to receive a higher monthly income. You may want to talk with a financial planner to help you plan for your financial resources.

Senior Tar Heel Legislators are here to serve and support older North Carolinians. Our desire is to help you in any way possible. Please contact us with any comments or questions. We are available to come to your group or club to talk about issues facing older adults and advocating for older adults.

Thank you for visiting our website. I sincerely hope you will share it with your family, friends and other senior citizens. You can visit us on Facebook by clicking on the Facebook tab.

~ Rev. J. Dwight Cartner - Speaker, NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature -

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  • March 13-14:   Sheraton
    1 Europa Dr., Chapel Hill, NC

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