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Elaine Ryan

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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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Los cuidadores y sus derechos en el sector laboral

Posted on 07/8/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolCon el pasar de los años, he tenido que ausentarme del trabajo para cuidar a mi mamá y a mi papá. Siempre he estado agradecida por haber trabajado para un empleador que me permitió tomarme licencia por enfermedad o trabajar desde la casa para cuidar a mis padres. Pero sé que he sido afortunada. Hoy en día, millones de trabajadores estadounidenses no tienen licencia por enfermedad, con o sin paga. Si necesitan cuidar a sus seres queridos, pueden perder sus …

Do You Have a Voice at the Table When Utility Companies Try to Raise Your Rates?

Posted on 07/7/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAffordable and reliable utilities are essential for all of us. We rely on utilities to keep us warm in winter — and cool during summer heat waves — to cook our meals and keep the lights on in the dark. During severe weather and emergencies, our utilities become more important than ever — our lifelines to health and safety. Today, many Americans struggle with high utility bills. For seniors and others on fixed incomes especially, rate hikes and other cost …

Family Caregivers at Work

Posted on 06/30/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThrough the years, I’ve had to take time off from work to care for my mom and pop. And I’ve always been grateful that I worked for an employer that allowed me to take sick leave or to telework in order to be there for my parents. But I know I’m one of the lucky ones. Today, millions of American workers have no paid or unpaid sick leave. Each day they face loss of pay — or loss of their jobs …

Supporting Seniors, Family Caregivers: Where Does Your State Rank?

Posted on 06/23/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsMy sister always says, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”  I was reminded of this adage when I heard Loren Colman, Minnesota assistant commissioner of continuing care, explain how Minnesota is consistently ranked at the top of the nation when it comes to providing support for seniors and their family caregivers. “We planned,” he said.  Indeed, Minnesota developed a plan decades ago to transform the way the state would deliver long-term care services to older residents in their …

States Start Shifting Focus to Help Seniors Live Independently, at Home

Posted on 06/16/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Politics“We need to ‘spring’ your mother,” Pop, who loved prison movies, told me over the phone while asking me to come home that weekend. Mom had been in a rehabilitation center for two weeks following a bad fall and a hospital stay. Both she and Pop were ready for her to go home. My mom and pop, like most Americans, wanted to stay in their home and community as they aged. Pop became the primary family caregiver for Mom, and …

Sometimes Family Caregivers Need a Break

Posted on 06/9/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsEvery day for eight years, my Pop provided hands-on care for my mom, who faced a number of physical challenges.  At age 90, Pop was still helping Mom out of bed into her wheelchair, bathing and dressing her, making the meals, and doing the dishes, laundry and anything else that needed to be done. A few times a week, Pop would get out of the house for a trip to the grocery store and a few staples like bread, milk …