Recommendations of Long-Term Care Commission Show Progress

Posted on 09/13/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsThe federal Commission on Long-Term Care voted Sept. 12 on its final recommendations, which will be included in the commission’s final report later this month. AARP is encouraged by the examination of the serious, policy-focused bipartisan recommendations to address our country’s long-term services and supports crisis, which affects millions of people, including older Americans, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. While the recommendations are far from perfect, they show progress in seeking solutions to this crisis. Importantly, we are …

Many Older Americans Not Getting Recommended Preventive Services

Posted on 08/29/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post by Yolanda Taylor, integrated communication director at AARP. It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. If you want to age well, maintaining a healthy lifestyle – along with having routine recommended screenings and immunizations – is critical. However, fewer than a third of the 60 million Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 are up-to-date with many recommended preventive services; 44 percent have high blood pressure; and 33 percent are …

Do the Rich Benefit from Medicaid?

Posted on 08/15/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteDo the rich benefit from the welfare-based Medicaid program? Not according to much of the testimony presented at a recent hearing of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care. Here are key questions the hearing addressed: Do wealthy people transfer or shelter assets in order to qualify for Medicaid? At the hearing, Ellen O’Brien, formerly from MACPAC, described the evidence from several major studies and concluded: “There is little basis for the assertion that people with substantial incomes or assets are …

Transportation for Older Adults Requires a Tapestry of Funding Sources

Posted on 08/7/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute“We desperately need that service in our community, but how do we fund it?” is a common complaint I hear across the country as communities try to meet the growing demand for transportation services. A recent publication, Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults, addresses this important question. The report by the AARP Public Policy Institute highlights seven case studies that show how transportation providers in diverse communities combine federal grants with state, local and private-sector …

News To Know: Unexpected Consequences

Posted on 07/9/2008 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Money & SavingsAside from high gas prices, an increase in fuel costs can haven unforseen consequences that need to be taken into account.