America’s Family Caregivers Can’t Wait: Tell Congress to Pass the RAISE Act Now

After Labor Day, when Congress returns from its summer recess, there will only be 33 working days left for the U.S. House of Representatives before the end of the year. That’s not a lot of time to address some of our nation’s biggest challenges. One item awaiting action that should be an immediate priority is the RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage) Family Caregivers Act.  This bipartisan, commonsense step to aid America’s greatest support system — family caregivers — …

AARP Survey Says Women Want Action on Social Security

On Aug. 14, Social Security turned 81 years old — an important milestone that had me reflecting on how far we’ve come . . . and how much work we still need to do. So much has changed since 1935.  Back then, fewer than half of U.S. households had a telephone, and radio was the only mass communication device. Prices seem incredibly low by today’s standards — consumers paid 10 cents a gallon to fill the tank of their new $650 …

Caregiving Across State Lines: 45+ States Pass Law to Help

Imagine you care for your 90-year-old mother with dementia. She lives with you in your Georgia home. You help her with bathing and dressing, drive her to the doctor, cook her meals, manage her medications and do anything else she needs. Last year you were appointed her legal guardian by the state of Georgia to help manage her finances and make decisions for her about health care and more. Your mother needs a special heart procedure, only available in a …

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. …