The Takeaway: Forced To Take Early Social Security

In May, the Urban Institute reported that the number of eligible Americans taking early Social Security benefits <a href="http://blog.aarp.org/2012/05/24/the-takeaway-number-of-americans-taking-social-security-early-hits-35-year-low/">had hit a 35-year low</a>. But the recession and protracted high unemployment have left some older adults"”such as 62-year-old Clare Keany"”forced to take benefits earlier than planned.

The Takeaway: Contrary to Predictions, Boomers Are Retiring at 65

A new study from MetLife finds that, contrary to predictions, older Americans are retiring. In fact, more than 60 percent of 65-year-olds"”the leading edge of the boomer generation"”are already collecting Social Security.

Rother in USA Today

Posted today in USA Today’s Opinion section was an op-ed by AARP’s John Rother on insurance companies engaging in age discrimination by charging higher premiums to seniors than they charge younger consumers. In his article, John says: “This discriminatory practice is a key reason why 13% of older Americans (or 7.1 million) were uninsured in 2007, a figure that is growing rapidly. Many other older Americans are so burdened by the high cost of their premiums that they avoid health …