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.

40 Million Family Caregivers Deserve Our Thanks

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans who take care of a loved one — helping them live independently at home where they want to be. What family caregivers do is extraordinary — adult children taking care of their parents, husbands and wives caring for their spouses, mothers and fathers caring for adult children. They deserve our gratitude and support throughout the year and most especially during this month when we traditionally give thanks. …

The 50+ Are Sharing in the Benefits of the Sharing Economy

When you think about the sharing economy, you probably conjure up an image of Millennials using the latest app on their smartphones to order up something on-demand or provide a service to someone they’ve never met. Yes, the younger generation is leading the movement, but older Americans are also taking advantage of this trend.  In fact, according to a study by PWC, close to one quarter of sharing economy providers are 55 and older. With research showing that many Americans …

Boomer Women and the 2016 Election

We’re in the homestretch of the 2016 election and women voters are certainly getting a lot of attention. Older women — particularly women of the boomer generation — may decide the presidential election. Unfortunately, the candidates and the news media aren’t addressing their everyday needs and concerns. What really worries boomer women — and how the next president and Congress can help — is spelled out clearly in a new AARP survey of 50-plus women voters in battleground states conducted …

We Hear You, but Do the Candidates?

I spent an evening recently watching a focus group — a moderated conversation about the election and Social Security with 30 undecided voters. For those of us in Washington, D.C., who are around policy and politics all the time, it’s very helpful to hear what “real people” think. The group included men and women, from young adults voting in just their second presidential election to older voters who have witnessed a lifetime of political promises. Maybe that’s where the cynicism …

It’s Time for FAIR Drug Pricing

En español | Today, AARP endorsed new legislation that would hold drug companies more accountable for their pricing decisions. Thank you to Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) for introducing the bipartisan FAIR Drug Pricing Act of 2016 calling on drug companies to be more transparent in how they price their products. As evidenced by the recent uproar over the lifesaving allergy drug EpiPen, exorbitant prescription drug prices and price increases have been …

50+ Organizations Urge U.S. House to Pass RAISE Act Now

Now that our congressional representatives have returned to Washington, it’s time for them to take action to help America’s greatest support system — our family caregivers. AARP is joining with more than 50 organizations to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the RAISE Act — bipartisan, commonsense legislation that would bring together a range of stakeholders to help identify actions that will recognize and support America’s 40 million family caregivers. Find out if your U.S. representative has cosponsored the …