AARP Advocacy

Cut Social Security? Say Goodbye to Older Voters

Posted on 08/12/2014 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsSeventy-nine years after its creation, Social Security remains a vital key to Americans’ retirement security. And with the 2014 elections less than three months away, strengthening the program is a top priority for older voters, according to a new AARP survey of voters 50 and older. The message to candidates is clear: Stop treating Social Security like a line item in a budget. Older voters have earned their benefits through a lifetime of hard work and paying into the system. …

39 States and Counting: Caregiving Across State Lines

Posted on 08/11/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsI was a long-distance caregiver for my parents for nearly 15 years. Through illness, surgery and rehabilitation, I helped them stay out of institutional care, like a nursing home, and instead remain at home — where they wanted to be. During this time, I purchased my house on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with my parents in mind — hoping that Mom and Pop could come to the Cape from New York, enjoy time by the seashore, and get some rest and …

Wendy is 50 and Fabulous!

Posted on 07/28/2014 by |Vice President, Multicultural Markets | Comments

Your LifeShe was her usual chic and dynamic self. But since it was her birthday, she was even more exuberant. Yes, Wendy Williams just turned 50. And the iconic daytime talk show host whose name is synonymous with cutting edge entertainment is now — as she proclaimed — “The new face of 50!” AARP is delighted to have shared the momentous occasion with her. Yes, AARP CEO A. Barry Rand and I celebrated with Wendy at her star-studded party. Chaka Khan …

Social Security Remains Strong Overall and Separate From the Budget

Posted on 07/28/2014 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsSocial Security remains strong as seen in today’s long-term projected outlook by the Social Security Trustees. While today’s report reminds us that we must eventually make modest changes to ensure current and future generations of Social Security beneficiaries receive what they’ve earned, it confirms that Social Security can continue to pay full benefits for nearly two decades. The Trustees once again report that the combined Old Age, Survivor and Disability Insurance Trust can pay full retirement, survivor and disability benefits for approximately two more decades, and about 75 percent of …

Help for Family Caregivers

Posted on 07/21/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsWhile traveling to Erie, Pa., for a town meeting on family caregiving, I was reflecting on my family roots. A little more than 100 years ago, my Lithuanian grandparents immigrated to America and made Shenandoah, Pa., their first hometown. My grandfather worked in the coal mines and my grandmother, fluent in six languages, worked various jobs while raising five children — one of whom was my mom. My grandparents taught me about hard work and perseverance, and my parents taught …

Good News: You Can Still Get Your Benefits Verified at Your Social Security Office

Posted on 07/18/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsNeed to get your Social Security benefits verified? There’s good news: You can still get it done at your Social Security office. Why is that news? Because late last year, the Social Security Administration announced that its field offices would no longer assist people in obtaining verification letters. Instead, it planned to direct anyone requesting a letter to either call an 800 number or go online to find and print the document. AARP, along with other advocacy groups and members …