AARP Executive Vice President

Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP's State and National Group, leads government relations, advocacy and public education for AARP's social change agenda. LeaMond also has responsibility for AARP's state operation, which includes offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Family Caregiving Bridges Political Divides

Through my years of experience advocating in Washington, D.C., and across the country, family caregiving has been one of the more distinctive issues I’ve worked on. First and foremost, family caregiving touches almost all Americans: We are either caregivers now, have been in the past, will be in the future — or will need care ourselves. Family caregiving is also a special issue because it bridges political divides and cuts through partisan politics; family caregiving is not a Democratic or …

In a Livable Community, Every Day Can Be an Independence Day

On Monday, we — as a nation — celebrated the 240th Anniversary of Independence Day. Many of us turned on our grills, took in a parade, watched fireworks or spent the day with family and friends. Where and how we celebrated is in many ways emblematic of our freedom to choose our own path. Each Fourth of July, I spend some time thinking about the people who came before me and those who have fought for and protected the freedoms we …

Saluting Our Veterans — and Their Unsung Heroes

Eleven years ago, Allen returned from Iraq, having survived an IED blast that inflicted both significant physical and emotional harm. This military veteran, husband, and father of two young children now faced a life-changing, long and tough road to recovery.  Standing by him, as she promised “in sickness and in health,” is his wife of 16 years, Chasity. For this full-time teacher and mom, the day Allen came home, injured and anxious, her life was changed dramatically. She was thrust …

More Can Be Done to Support Family Caregivers

One morning six years ago, Ann’s life changed forever. Her husband, Will, suffered a massive stroke while on the job. On that day, Ann became a family caregiver, joining the ranks of 40 million Americans who help their loved ones maintain their dreams of living independently in their homes and communities. Suddenly, tough new challenges entered everyday life. Ann left her paid job to become Will’s full-time family caregiver. She was responsible for everything from managing his medications and helping …

Celebrating AARP’s Volunteers

You may not have been aware, but this week is National Volunteer Week — a time to thank our nation’s more than 62 million volunteers for the experience and passion they dedicate to improving their communities. Those millions of volunteers’ contributions total an annual economic value of $184 billion. At AARP, we know how valuable those contributions are in making our communities stronger. In partnership with the nearly 60,000 exceptional volunteers who join us every day, we work to improve …

Llega al Congreso el proyecto de ley federal bipartidista Credit for Caring Act

En inglés | Piensa en cuán ajetreada y caótica la vida diaria puede ser, al buscar un balance entre tu carrera, hijos, finanzas y más. Ahora imagina también tener que cuidar de un padre, cónyuge o hijo con discapacidad, quizás las 24 horas del día. Cada día unas 40 millones de personas en Estados Unidos cuidan de sus seres queridos —como yo— para que puedan vivir de manera independiente en el hogar y en sus comunidades, donde desean estar. Ayuda: Centro …