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Apr 28, 2022

Help State and City Planners Know What You Think Will Make Our Communities Better for Adults As They Age: Take the "Age My Way NC" Survey

Sponsored Content provided by Rosalie Calarco - Associate State Director, Coastal Region, AARP

May is Older Americans Month and it is a great time to recognize the needs of this growing population. A collaborative effort between the State of North Carolina and AARP will help Coastal North Carolina become better prepared to meet the needs of an aging population.

A new statewide survey titled, “Age My Way NC,” is asking people 45 and older across the state to offer their thoughts on priorities for their communities, including safe and walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life. 

Approximately 1.7 million North Carolinians are age 65 or older and that number is growing. By 2030, fully one-in-five will be older than 65 and for the first time ever, North Carolina will be comprised more of older adults than children. 

Our area’s aging population has become a cause for concern. With more expected growth, the nature of urban and rural development, daily living, work, leisure, and retirement will have to change to keep pace. 

And when it comes to making age-friendly improvements, what is good for older adults is also good for all residents. For example, better sidewalks and making areas more walkable not only improve health and mobility, they make our main street businesses more accessible, and can even increase property value. Age-friendly investments have returns for all ages. 

Take the Survey

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete but could help guide area development for the next 20 years or more.  Lend your voice to how to make Coastal North Carolina communities livable for people of all ages. Visit https://hometownstrong.nc.gov/age-my-way-nc to take the survey. 
 



 Rosalie L. Calarco, a 17-year veteran of constituent services and advocacy under two federal officeholders, is the State Director for its Coastal Region, where she will work with AARP members in diverse populations across age, gender, socioeconomic status, culture, and ethnicity. Her service area will include 33 coastal and other counties in northeastern, eastern, and southeastern North Carolina.

Since 2004, Calarco has served in various roles of constituent services for federal elected officials from North Carolina. As Director of Veterans Services for former U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre, she represented veterans and other constituents in interactions with the Veterans Administration, Medicare, and the Social Security Administration, and she developed national and local grant applications to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on behalf of local municipalities in McIntyre’s district. Most recently, as Senior Constituent Advocate and Office Manager for U.S. Senator Richard Burr, Calarco provided similar services to constituents across North Carolina, while also managing casework for Burr’s appointments to Senate committees and subcommittees overseeing Education, Banking and Mortgage, Housing, Medicare, the Military, the U.S. Department of State, Tricare, and Veterans Affairs. Prior to these appointments, Calarco earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNC-W), and the University of Georgia at Athens. She began a career in social work and has maintained professional ties while rising to hold multiple offices in the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Since 2005, she has served intermittently as Field Supervisor for the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs at UNC-W.

 

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