At Your Fingertips: A Trove of Data on Boomers and Americans 50-Plus

We are a data-driven society. We need data to address the challenges and opportunities facing the 50-plus population. I am pleased to announce that today AARP’s Public Policy Institute launched the AARP DataExplorer, a free website tool that provides a rich collection of data on issues relevant to people age 50 and older. The 50-plus group accounts for a third of the United States’ population, with about 110 million people. People in the baby boom generation make up 80 million …

Smile! Oct. 1 Is Our Day the World Over

Within 10 years, there will be a billion people 60 and older on the planet, up from about 600 million today. By 2030, there will be more people over 60 than under 10. Welcome to the brave, old world. These are a couple of the reasons we’re taking note of the 23rd Annual “International Day of Older Persons” on Oct. 1. As the world struggles to keep up with aging populations, this special day may draw some needed attention to a …

The Takeaway: Debt Ceiling; Aging Cities; Betty Ford

Still deadlocked, despite Sunday night meeting. With three weeks to go before the government can no longer borrow money to meet its obligations, President Obama and Congressional leaders are still without an agreement on how to raise the nation’s debt ceiling limit.