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Fulfilling Mandela’s Legacy

Posted on 12/6/2013 by | AARP CEO | Comments

PoliticsThe world lost one of its most courageous and righteous leaders yesterday with the passing of Nelson Mandela. Mandela, who was imprisoned for fighting against Apartheid in South Africa only to later become that country’s first elected president once Apartheid ended, dedicated his life to fighting for social justice and economic equality. My wife and I had the opportunity to meet Madiba on a trip to South Africa in 1994.  As we ate lunch together, I could not help but …

3 Challenges for Long-Term Care in America

Posted on 11/18/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsRight now, at kitchen tables across America, real families are confronting the same question:  how will we care for mom or dad, or another loved one, if something happens and they can’t care for themselves without assistance?  And if and when the time comes, who will care for us? Following the Federal Commission on Long-Term Care’s recently released report, AARP and The Hill Newspaper convened three of the Commissioners and other experts to discuss ways to improve long-term services and …

There is Nothing ‘Fuzzy’ About Social Security Benefits’ Positive Impact on the Economy

Posted on 10/22/2013 by | Public Policy | Comments

Your LifeThe idea that Social Security benefit payments help support local and state economies and the national economy is obvious to all 57 million beneficiaries who spend their dollars at stores and to the merchants who sell them goods and services. But it is not obvious to many in Washington. In a town focused only on what Social Security payments mean for the federal budget, a new report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute highlights, in actual dollars and jobs, what Social …

Planning for Your Home’s Future

Posted on 10/17/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesMarine Sgt. Adam Kisielewski has his pilot’s license, takes classes at a nearby college and loves to grill. Like most of us, Kisielewski considered his home his haven for safety and independence. When Kisielewksi lost his left arm (at the shoulder) and his right leg (below the knee) while deployed near Fallujah, Iraq, his desire for safety and independence intensified. But finding a path to meet those goals had become more challenging. Unlike Sgt. Kisielewski, most of us have the …

Transforming Nursing Will Improve Health Care

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteCreating a larger, more highly skilled nursing workforce will improve access to higher-quality, more patient-centered, and more affordable care. That is especially important now: Demand for nursing care is growing as the population ages and millions more people are entering the health care system under the Affordable Care Act. At AARP, we have made it our mission to ensure that all people have access to a highly skilled nurse when and where they need one. Nurses, the largest segment of …

Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Be a Change Maker

Posted on 10/15/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeThere was a time when we couldn’t wait for things to change — for school to end and the summer to begin, to go away to college, to find a job, to find a better job, to find a partner, and perhaps find a better partner, to watch our kids grow up. But now we are just as likely to fear change, especially if we become preoccupied with the unpleasant ones that come with age. Actually the worst thing for …