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UNCW and AARP partner for new healthy retirement initiative

Officials with UNCW and AARP North Carolina announced Tuesday afternoon, a new initiative that will help our region’s post-50 population achieve a healthy retirement. (Source: WECT) Officials with UNCW and AARP North Carolina announced Tuesday afternoon, a new initiative that will help our region’s post-50 population achieve a healthy retirement. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Officials with UNC Wilmington and AARP North Carolina announced Tuesday afternoon at the university a new collaboration that will help our region's post-50 population achieve a healthy retirement.

The first of its kind project is called "Initiative for a Secure and Healthy Retirement." UNCW and AARP will work to improve the health and financial security of older adults in the region, as well as promote business and entrepreneurial opportunities that will lead to secure futures and a stronger local economy.

The partnership will specifically create research and volunteer opportunities, provide workshops on finances, health and care giving, and give opportunities for counseling for our older community. UNCW students will also be able to be intern with AARP and get professional development for careers geared towards helping the 50 and over community.

Officials at the announcement said the 50+ population is growing and will continue to grow, so special attention to this population is necessary.

AARP NC State Director Doug Dickerson said Wilmington is the perfect place to start this type of initiative.

"Wilmington, not only is it a beautiful place to be in, it's a great place that more and more people are trying to retire to," Dickerson noted. "As that wave moves through, it's going to change the economy, it's going to change how the market responds to it, and the Wilmington area is very well positioned now that we have this partnership created."

Officials said Port City entrepreneurs have a great opportunity with the 50+ generation in terms of transportation, travel, social media, consumer electronics, retail and education.

"Businesses in the community and people that live here will be able to be a part of that to a greater degree and have better outcomes for everyone," Dickerson continued to explain.

Dickerson said once the program gets up and running at UNCW, AARP will begin to start the initiative at other universities across the state.

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