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Elaine Ryan is the vice president of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration (SASI) in AARP's Government Affairs group. She leads a team of dedicated legislative staff who work with AARP state offices to advance advocacy with Governors and state legislators, helping people 50+ attain and maintain their long-term financial security and health.

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A Tale of Two Americas

Posted on 08/18/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsToday’s sobering statistic: Almost 20 percent of people ages 55 to 64 have no retirement savings. And even among those who have saved, millions are facing a retirement “deficit” — meaning they will outlive their retirement savings by $57,000 on average per household. Why does that matter to the rest of us? Because if millions of older adults haven’t saved enough to be self-sufficient in retirement, they will end up turning to government safety net services — a costly proposition …

39 States and Counting: Caregiving Across State Lines

Posted on 08/11/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsI was a long-distance caregiver for my parents for nearly 15 years. Through illness, surgery and rehabilitation, I helped them stay out of institutional care, like a nursing home, and instead remain at home — where they wanted to be. During this time, I purchased my house on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with my parents in mind — hoping that Mom and Pop could come to the Cape from New York, enjoy time by the seashore, and get some rest and …

5 Tips for Family Caregivers

Posted on 08/4/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsI spent last weekend with eight of my college roommates for our annual get-together. Through the years we’ve always shared our life events, so it came as no surprise that our conversation turned to the topic of family caregiving. Like millions of fiftysomething women in the U.S. today, my former roomies are struggling to navigate the health care system on behalf of their parents — who now turn to them for help. “Information is power,” I told them. “So let …

New Retirement Savings Plan Is Win-Win for Workers, Businesses

Posted on 07/28/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsLast week, I sat down with Adrienne Mitchell of MarketWatch to talk about what 57 million American workers lack: a way to save for retirement at work — leaving them with little opportunity to secure their financial future. Just think about this for a minute: For workers who do have access to a retirement savings plan in the workplace, such as a 401(k), this increases their savings rate by 1300%. And, no, that’s not a typo. So, how can we …

Help for Family Caregivers

Posted on 07/21/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsWhile traveling to Erie, Pa., for a town meeting on family caregiving, I was reflecting on my family roots. A little more than 100 years ago, my Lithuanian grandparents immigrated to America and made Shenandoah, Pa., their first hometown. My grandfather worked in the coal mines and my grandmother, fluent in six languages, worked various jobs while raising five children — one of whom was my mom. My grandparents taught me about hard work and perseverance, and my parents taught …

A Secure Retirement: American Dream or Pipe Dream?

Posted on 07/14/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsI often hear from friends and family members that they’re afraid they don’t have enough saved for retirement, and the truth is, many Americans are not prepared for the future. As recently highlighted by the New York Times, the reason many are not financially prepared is because they don’t have the right tools at work to help them save for their future. In fact, when individuals have a way to save through their workplace, their rate of savings goes up …