The Firsts-in-the-Nation Review

It’s a long road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but the 2016 election has begun. As I sit here after the final totals are being tallied for South Carolina and Nevada, I thought I would share a couple of insights that I’ve learned coming out of the first couple of caucuses and primaries. In Iowa, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton squeaked out a victory — the closest margin of victory the Iowa Democratic caucus has ever seen — over Sen. …

7 Legislative Happenings for Older Americans

With 2015 behind us, it’s the season of “best of 2015” and “bold predictions for 2016” lists. Consider this a hybrid. Looking back, there were seven important happenings and victories for older Americans and their families in 2015. They happened in Washington, D.C., state legislatures and communities across the country and will help improve the lives of millions of people. In some cases, we solved long-standing challenges, including protecting seniors’ access to their doctors. In other areas, like supporting family …

Bird-Dogging for Social Security

At Take a Stand, we call the tactic “bird-dogging.” And I believe it’s a major reason Social Security is going to become a much bigger issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. It works like this: At town halls and other political get-togethers in the early presidential contests, AARP volunteers are pressing each candidate on how they plan to keep Social Security strong for future generations. Our “bird dogs” are asking them to be specific — and reminding them of the …

4 State of the Union Takeaways for People Age 50+

By Nancy LeaMond The president’s actions following his final State of the Union will have an impact on Americans 50-plus in the many years after he finishes his second term. Here are four takeaways for you and your family to keep an eye on in the future: The Important Rule That Could Save Consumers $17 Billion a Year On Tuesday night the president, said, “For everyone else, especially folks in their 40s and 50s, saving for retirement or bouncing back …

What the Spending Bill Means for Older Americans

The $1.1 trillion spending bill will do more than keep the federal government open well into next year. Nearly half of the appropriations will go toward non-defense programs, and in some cases, the bill directs more money to programs that benefit the lives of Americans age 50 and up. “This bill not only avoids the deep cuts to scores of critical programs, it provides noteworthy increases for many services critical to older Americans, including health, nutrition and caregiver services, as …

Taking a Stand for Social Security

Social Security hasn’t gotten much attention yet in the presidential campaign. But we aim to change that. A growing cadre of AARP volunteers and concerned citizens is calling on every presidential hopeful to lay out a plan to keep the promise of Social Security for future generations. We call our new effort Take a Stand. I’m helping run it, and I recently traveled to the early battleground states of Iowa and South Carolina to see how it was faring. What …