Defying Convention(al) Wisdom

This has been anything but a normal election year. Last week, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Donald Trump officially became his party’s nominee. When he first announced his candidacy a little over a year ago, few thought he had a real shot.  Pundits pointed to the roster of current and former governors and senators among the 17 primary candidates as the most likely nominees. And, just yesterday, Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia. For the first 143 years …

No one-size-fits- all solution: The goal of pension sustainability is key

My pop was a Buffalo city bus driver for 25 years.  Just like millions of Americans – firefighters, nurses, teachers, and other public employees – Pop worked hard and counted on having his pension to help retire with confidence and dignity.  The long-term sustainability of today’s public pension programs is just as critical to millions of Americans. Today, I have encouraging news for public employees.  A new report, Significant Reforms to State Retirement Systems, issued by the National Association of …

Renewing Our Determination to Update Social Security

People in Washington may hem and haw about Social Security being the third rail of politics. But people outside of Washington want to get something done. That’s why we traveled to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where we had many conversations about Social Security with delegates, elected officials and political operatives over the last few days. And AARP’s Take a Stand campaign left Cleveland with renewed determination to make updating Social Security a bigger part of the presidential debate. …

Fighting for Family Caregivers

At 40 million strong, family caregivers are the backbone of our care system, helping parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home — where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide, valued at about $470 billion annually, can often be a 24/7 commitment. They take on tasks that can be stressful, exhausting and overwhelming. Many also juggle full- or part-time jobs, and some are still raising their families. As family caregivers face physical, emotional and financial …

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 …

Celebrating Our Independence

As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our country’s independence, I’d like to take a moment to recognize some of our heroes. In particular, the veterans who fought for our safety and freedom, and the family caregivers who now help them remain independent in their homes and communities — where they want to be. Out of the about 40 million Americans who care for older parents, spouses and other loved ones, 5.5 million care for our veterans so they …