50+ Voters and the 2016 Election

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election took many people by surprise. I’ve spent a fair amount of time listening to experts analyze the election results over the past week. There are almost as many explanations as there are pundits . . . the rural vote came out in droves for President-elect Trump; Secretary Clinton didn’t turn out the “Obama Coalition”; votes to third-party candidates swung states one way or the other. All of those analyses are valid to a …

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 …

Social Security Celebrates 81 Years!

Today, Social Security turns 81 years old. That’s a birthday we celebrate with pride — and I hope you take a minute to sign our birthday card! But it’s also a timely reminder that action is needed. If our leaders fail to update Social Security, future retirees could face benefit cuts of nearly 25 percent. Think about that! A cut that large would send shock waves around the country. It would hurt millions of people and push many into poverty. …

Fighting for You on the Front Lines

AARP Opens Field Offices in Seven States During the past week, I was excited to see our Take a Stand field offices in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia host inaugural activities to officially kick off their efforts to get candidates to take a stand on Social Security during this high-profile election season. It was great having hundreds of AARP volunteers, community leaders and state staff join together for productive discussions on why Social Security is essential …

4 State of the Union Takeaways for People Age 50+

By Nancy LeaMond The president’s actions following his final State of the Union will have an impact on Americans 50-plus in the many years after he finishes his second term. Here are four takeaways for you and your family to keep an eye on in the future: The Important Rule That Could Save Consumers $17 Billion a Year On Tuesday night the president, said, “For everyone else, especially folks in their 40s and 50s, saving for retirement or bouncing back …