In Memoriam — Al Martinez: More Than a Life Well-Lived

His voice was deep; his soul was too. His humor made you rock with laughter; his insight rocked your world. I never got to squeeze Al Martinez’s hand or give him a hug, though I often wanted to. We lived six hours apart, but when we talked by phone, Al, who died Jan. 12, was in my living room, sitting next to my desk. We laughed at each other’s jokes and exchanged sometimes thoughtful, sometimes silly emails about the topics …

Hispanic 50+ Voters: We Need more Information on Future of Social Security and Medicare

At AARP, we look at life after 50 as an exciting opportunity to enjoy a second youth. Retirement itself should then be seen as a hopeful journey rather than stepping into the unknown. Unfortunately, a new series of surveys commissioned by AARP shows that a key group of Hispanic voters 50+ are looking at the coming November election with a high level of preoccupation. This seems to be driven by economic anxieties that extend well beyond the single issue of …

Multicultural Aging Revolution

AARP sponsored a dynamite general session at the annual conference of the American Society on Aging.   The session, “The Changing Face of America: Aging in our Multicultural Society,” featured Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, AARP’s EVP of Multicultural Markets and Engagement, Jennie Chin Hansen, Pres. and CEO of American Geriatrics Society and Immediate Past Pres. of AARP, Fernando Torres-Gil, Assoc. Dean of CA Los Angeles School of Public Affairs and AARP Board member, and Maya Rockeymoore, Pres. and CEO of Global Policy Solutions. A …