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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Could Your Electric Bill Go Up Before You Flip a Switch?

Meet John, a 62-year-old disabled veteran and Maryland resident. Each month after he pays for medications, food, transportation and housing, there isn’t much money left over. What’s more, John’s utility bill is already $130 a month, but some legislators are trying to raise it even higher — even before he flips a single light switch. You see, many utility companies across the country are trying to increase their “customer charge” — the mandatory monthly fee that remains the same no …

Managing a Loved One’s Finances

Let me introduce you to a fellow family caregiver, Lisa. With the help of her sister, Lisa cared for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease — managing medications, cleaning the house, and handling any medical issues. They also managed her mother’s finances. Lisa shared: “It felt like our whole world was slowly falling apart. At the time we did not know much about the disease or how quickly it was going to debilitate her. My sister and I took responsibility of …

Working Women as Family Caregivers

This Women’s History Month I want to honor Ethel Percy Andrus, founder of AARP. Ethel was many things — a teacher, the first woman principal of a high school in California, a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She was also a family caregiver. Like me and many other Americans, Ethel cared for both her mother and father. And when her mother, Lucretia, required more intense care, Ethel left the workforce to be there 24/7 for her. She …

The CARE Act: Helping Family Caregivers From Hospital to Home

In preparing Mom’s medication, my 90-year-old Pop would fill a syringe using the light of the kitchen window to see if the dosage was correct. He set up the nebulizer on a table with handwritten step-by-step instructions to remind him how to operate it. Today, millions of family caregivers like Pop perform complex medical tasks that at one time would have been administered only by medical professionals. 21 states and counting Two years ago, AARP proposed the idea of the …

New Tools for Family Caregivers—the Promise of Telehealth

Across the country, about 40 million Americans are doing an overwhelming, stressful and exhausting unpaid job every day. They cook meals, drive to appointments, manage medication, perform complex medical tasks and more. They help parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home — where they want to be. They are family caregivers. Kimberly cares for her son, husband and mother, all while working full time. “That’s my life, I get up each day, check on my son about …

La conexión entre los boomers y la generación del milenio

In English | ¿Qué tienen en común los boomers y los milénicos? Según parece, mucho más de lo que imaginamos. La semana pasada, los milénicos debatieron de costa a costa las opciones estatales para proporcionarle a 55 millones de trabajadores una forma sencilla de ahorrar.  Nuestra oficina de AARP California organizó una Cumbre de “Work and Save” (trabajo y ahorro) en East L.A. College, en colaboración con Young Invincibles, una organización sin fines de lucro, no partidista, que aboga a …