We Need to Create Communities for a Lifetime

Too many of us are outgrowing our homes and communities. They’re not becoming too small, like children’s clothes, but they just don’t fit us very well as we get older. It’s time to make some changes. So to advance the conversation about what the future of housing might look like, AARP and AARP Foundation collaborated with the Atlantic and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to organize a two-day summit on this critical issue last week. The summit’s …

News Outlets Take Notice of AARP Pushing 2016 Presidential Candidates to Take a Stand

News outlets and early Presidential primary and caucus states have taken notice of AARP’s Take a Stand campaign announced last week.  “We’re asking candidates who are running for the highest office to take a stand for how they will update Social Security,” said Todd Fahey, state director at AARP New Hampshire, in a Public News Service article. As a national organization that fights for the issues that matter, AARP launched the campaign as a push for 2016 presidential candidates to …

To All Veterans: AARP Extends Gratitude and Support

Veterans Day began when an unknown World War I American soldier was laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1921. Similar ceremonies, at the identical hour, took place at Westminster Abbey in London and at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. All three nations were honoring veterans’ service, and celebrating the arrival of peace — a peace that was hoped to be permanent, with the end of the …

How Women Change Aging by Changing How They Live

Oct. 1 presents the perfect opportunity to explore core issues women face as they age. It marks the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons, which the United Nations established to draw attention to the issues facing older people throughout the world and to celebrate their contributions to society. This year, Oct. 1 also marks the 20th anniversary of the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing. The goal of that conference was to achieve greater equality …

Why We Should Rise to the Pope’s Challenge

En español | Today I was honored to attend the White House arrival ceremony for Pope Francis. Along with the president and the first lady, my husband and other invited guests, I witnessed firsthand the pope’s energy and style, as he dove into his much-anticipated visit to the United States. Pope Francis engenders incredible enthusiasm wherever he goes. So whether it’s social media (#followfrancis), politics (meeting with President Obama and addressing Congress) or the cities he visits (closed streets and …

Celebrando el 80.º Aniversario del Seguro Social

In English | En la mañana del 14 de agosto de 1935, las personas en Estados Unidos amanecieron en un país increíblemente diferente del que conocemos hoy en día. La Gran Depresión nos había llevado al punto en que, según las palabras del expresidente Franklin D. Roosevelt, “un tercio de la nación [estaba] mal alojado, mal vestido [y] mal alimentado”. Los que sufrían más eran los ancianos de Estados Unidos. ¡Casi una mitad de nuestros adultos mayores en 1935 vivía …