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.

Follow Elaine on Twitter: @RoamTheDomes.

Thank You, Nurses!

During National Nurses Week, I am making a special effort to say “thank you” to all the nurses in my life, and I invite you to do the same. Each and every day, in communities across the country, nurses help their patients to get and stay well. They use their incredible skills to comfort us in difficult times and care for us when we’re at our most vulnerable. For America’s 40 million family caregivers, nurses often become even more heroic …

AARP Public Pension Guide Breaks Down Complex Issue for Elected Officials

My pop was a bus driver for 25 years.  Once he reached retirement, I would have loved Mom and Pop to relocate to D.C. to live with me. But they loved their life and community and wanted to age in their own home — just like millions of Americans. Luckily, Pop had a public pension, which gave him and my mom the financial security they needed to retire with confidence and dignity — and to keep living independently in their …

AARP Volunteers Are Fighting for You

During National Volunteer Week I’d like to stop and say thank you. Thank you to the thousands of AARP volunteers who are fighting for families as part of our multistate advocacy campaigns across every state, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  By giving your time and energy to advocate for the 50-plus and their families, you’ve helped to: Pass bills in nearly every state to support millions of family caregivers and the older parents, spouses and other loved …

What Is Telehealth and How Does It Help Family Caregivers?

I was a long-distance caregiver for my Mom and Pop for more than 15 years. I remember calling home to learn how Mom’s doctor’s visit went. Pop replied, “Oh, Dr. Hughes thinks the Buffalo Bills will have a great season this year.” Lots of talk about quarterbacks, but few details on her diagnosis or treatment instructions. So I made it a point to fly from Washington to Buffalo several times a month to visit, make meals and attend doctor appointments. Though it was …

Family Caregivers Need Support From Hospital to Home

Having a loved one in the hospital can be a stressful and emotional experience — especially if you don’t have the support you need. Each day, 40 million family caregivers help older parents, spouses, children with disabilities and other loved ones live independently at home. They help with bathing and dressing, manage finances, stand by their loved one’s side when they go into the hospital, care for them when they return home, and so much more. Some family caregivers, like …

AARP Is Fighting to Protect State Flexibility on Retirement Plans

Innovative state solutions to America’s savings crisis are in danger. Federal overreach threatens an important Department of Labor rule that gives states flexibility to help workers save for retirement. Fifty-five million workers in America have no way to save for retirement out of their regular paychecks. Their employers don’t offer a retirement plan because it can be costly and complicated to do so. The problem is especially severe among communities of color. Only 54 percent of African American and Asian …