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The Public Policy Institute informs and stimulates public debate on the issues we face as we age. The Institute promotes development of policies to address our common need for economic security, health care, and quality of life.

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Different Generations Desire Similar Communities

Posted on 06/25/2014 by |Policy Research Senior Analyst | Comments

Great Places | Public Policy Institute  Comments on a blog post about a revitalizing neighborhood in Washington, D.C., claimed that older people often don’t care about having amenities such as shopping and health care within walking distance. They can live in the suburbs and have everything they need. Affordable housing in urban areas, one person argued, better serves younger people who work. But, as an author of the recently released AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) What Is Livable? Report, I can tell you the opposite is true: …

Greater Saving Can Increase Retirement Security and Economic Growth

Posted on 06/24/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute  Increased saving can be an important driver of future economic growth and rising living standards. That is the conclusion of a new report by Oxford Economics — Another Penny Saved: The Economic Benefits of Higher US Household Saving — sponsored by AARP and 10 other organizations. The U.S. personal saving rate has been declining for more than 30 years. And the report’s authors project the rate will drop further — from around 4 percent today to about 3 percent …

States Move to Support Working Family Caregivers

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

Public Policy InstituteJuggling work and family caregiving responsibilities is stressful, even overwhelming, because most workplaces aren’t “caregiver friendly.” I hear this all the time from my friends and colleagues who care for aging parents. Public policies can help working caregivers better manage their responsibilities so that they don’t have to choose between work and family caregiving. One way states can help is by providing legal protections from employment discrimination due to caregiving status. States can also expand access to paid sick days …

Time for States to Get Moving on Supporting Long-Term Care

Posted on 06/19/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteIt’s time to pick up the pace of change. That’s the core message of a report released today by the AARP Public Policy Institute (with support from the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation) that looks at delivery of long-term services and supports (LTSS). The 2014 LTSS Scorecard evaluated every state and the District of Columbia on 26 aspects of system performance, including affordability, access, choice, quality, support for family caregivers, and effectiveness of care transitions. There was good news …

When Unemployment Goes On and On

Posted on 06/2/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteHe remembers the exact date — Nov. 30, 2008. That is when Hue Galloway of New Britain, Conn., was laid off with just a week’s notice from his job repairing printers and computers throughout the state. His annual evaluations, he said, had been good — 30 years of experience and “never a bad review” — but that didn’t keep him from being let go without any real explanation. He lived on unemployment insurance until that ran out, and he had some …

Not Everyone Is Living Longer

Posted on 06/1/2014 by |Public Policy | Comments

Public Policy InstituteWhen it is unveiled in the coming weeks, the Social Security Trustees report will no doubt prompt the program’s critics to call for change, as it does each year. And one of their suggestions will likely be to raise the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare benefits. It sounds so reasonable. Isn’t everybody living longer? Unfortunately, the answer is no. >> Sign up for the AARP Advocacy Newsletter The truth is that gains in life expectancy are not …