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AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age.

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  • 08/30/17--11:18: The Power of the 50+ Voter
  • “The polls got it wrong.” We hear this a lot when election outcomes don’t match pre-vote predictions.  But what about the exit polls – the Election Day surveys that pollsters and pundits use to tell us what really happened? Turns out, there is a lot those tallies miss – particularly when it comes to older voters. AARP commissioned an analysis by Echelon Insights of how many people in different age groups actually voted last November using what campaign pros call …

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    With more than 60 percent of America’s 40 million family caregivers balancing their caregiving responsibilities with paid employment, there is a pressing need for employers to do more to support employees who are also caring for loved ones. In fact, according to a survey AARP conducted with the Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH), an overwhelming majority of the company benefit managers – 82% – say that family caregiving will become an increasingly important issue for their companies over the …

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    As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, let’s also remember that November is National Family Caregivers Month – a time to recognize and express our appreciation for America’s 40 million family caregivers. They are truly the backbone our care system, helping aging parents, spouses, and other relatives and friends manage chronic conditions and disabilities. At AARP, supporting family caregivers like Olivia Garcia is one of our top priorities. Here is Olivia’s story in her own words: My name is Olivia, …

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    In addition to advocating for older Americans in the halls of Congress, AARP staff and volunteers are working on the ground in all 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to make a difference in people’s lives through advocacy. This year, we have helped enact state policies to support more than 30 million family caregivers and provide thousands of workers with a new way to save for retirement. Achieving these results took a lot of hard …

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    With all of the focus last year on health insurance costs and coverage, it strikes me that we may not be paying enough attention to how people actually get their health care.  Change is a constant in so many things . . . including the world of primary care.  It’s not just about a visit to your family doctor anymore. When I talk to my millennial sons, they rarely mention visiting a conventional doctor’s office.  I hear instead about flu …

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  • 01/23/18--10:49: Driving toward the Future
  • Last week, AARP hosted an event with POLITICO at the Detroit Auto Show. The topic: Driverless cars and the Future of Mobility. Now, if you’re wondering why AARP sponsored a panel that sounds more like the Jetsons than the Golden Girls . . . the answer is pretty simple. Having safe, affordable transportation options is essential to live independently, whatever your age. And, since driverless cars are coming sooner than you might think, AARP is working to make sure that …

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    We certainly are living in very divisive times. On the big issues of the day, party and ideological lines are drawn with little, if any, common ground. And, the collegiality of Congresses past – the “disagree without being disagreeable” comity – seems like something for the history books. But is that really the whole story? Back in December, I spent some time with a group of senior congressional staff. There was nothing specific on the agenda, just a nice end-of-year …

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    In today’s world, the notion of an older person reaching their 60s and completely leaving the labor force is simply outdated. An AARP analysis of the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2017 Retirement Confidence Survey found that close to one-third of retirees have worked for pay since retiring, and according to a TransAmerica Center for Retirement Studies report, two-thirds of Boomers plan on (or already are) working past the traditional retirement age of 65 . . . or never retiring at …

    The post WORK is the New Word for Retirement appeared first on AARP.


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    As we kick-off National Volunteer Week, what words come to mind when you think about volunteers? Caring? Dedicated? Selfless?  Perhaps all of the above? I’ll add two more . . . absolutely essential. Every year, close to 60,000 volunteers contribute their time, skills and energy to AARP activities across the country. They expand our reach and power our social mission agenda, helping older Americans live their best lives. Simply put, we couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers. There’s …

    The post Celebrating the Contributions of AARP Volunteers appeared first on AARP.


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    If you are one of America’s 55 million Medicare beneficiaries (or, if someone in your life is), you need to know about a big, POSITIVE change coming. Starting this month, the U.S. government is mailing out new Medicare cards that have been redesigned to help prevent identity theft. New enrollees will be among the first to get the cards. Current enrollees will get theirs over the next year. The biggest change you’ll notice is that your Social Security number will …

    The post As Medicare Rolls Out New Cards, Fraudsters Roll Out New Scams appeared first on AARP.


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    AARP led a group of 75 organizations yesterday, calling on Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar to implement the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act. In a letter, the organizations write, “Millions of individuals count on family caregivers every day. Family caregivers are counting on implementation of this commonsense law.”The RAISE Family Caregivers Act, which passed Congress with overwhelming support and was signed into law by President Trump on January 22, requires …

    The post The Clock is Ticking to Implement a New Law Helping America’s Caregiving Families appeared first on AARP.


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    Think for a moment about everything you do in a typical week . . . going to work or school or volunteering, visiting friends and family, getting to a doctor’s appointment or the grocery store, grabbing a bite to eat, catching a movie . . . and you’ll understand why safe, affordable transportation options are a key component of what we at AARP call “livable communities” – great places to live for people of all ages. Day-to-day mobility is critical …

    The post Moving forward: Mobility Options are Key Element of Livable Communities appeared first on AARP Blog.


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    We’ve all experienced our phones ringing off the hook with a barrage of telemarketing calls. While these calls can be a real nuisance, some are far worse. Scammers use the latest telemarketing technology to rip off victims to the tune of millions of dollars each year. The threat of financial loss is especially great for older Americans living off of their retirement nest eggs. The Federal Communications Commission and AARP are working together to educate older Americans about different kinds …

    The post FCC and AARP Join Forces to Educate Older Americans about Phone Scams appeared first on AARP Blog.


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    With less than a month until Election Day, political campaigns are in high gear, and party control of Congress, Governor’s mansions and state houses are on the line. The landscape is volatile to say the least. But, one thing is certain . . . candidates who ignore older voters do so at their peril. At AARP, we spend a lot of time listening and looking at data to understand Americans age 50 and up and their engagement in the political …

    The post Candidates Who Ignore Older Voters Do So At Their Peril appeared first on AARP Blog.


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    As another baseball season draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on the incredible opportunity every at bat represents: three strikes means at least three chances to make it count before it’s back to the dugout. But imagine you were stepping up to the plate, and the ump said you already had three strikes against you. Whether anyone has told you that or not, there’s a good chance it’s true. Every day millions of women suit up, head to work, …

    The post Women Caregivers: In a League of Their Own appeared first on AARP Blog.


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    A few months ago, I wrote a blog about the vital role that transportation options play in what we at AARP call “livable communities” – great places to live for people of all ages. Being able to get around is critical to earn a living, raise a family, contribute and stay connected to your community and enjoy life. And, having alternatives to getting behind the wheel of your own car is particularly important for older adults who want to stay …

    The post Mobility Solutions: Accelerating toward the Future appeared first on AARP Blog.


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    In an election year filled with partisanship and political fights, it’s no surprise that many Americans feel that their voices aren’t being heard or that the issues that affect their lives aren’t being addressed. But, many outstanding elected officials work hard every day to make a positive difference for their constituents. That’s why AARP recognizes state legislators, governors, and other elected officials – from both sides of the aisle – who have stepped up and worked together to write, support, and …

    The post AARP Announces 2018 State Capitol Caregivers and Super Savers appeared first on AARP Blog.


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