AARP Volunteers From Every State Head to Capitol Hill to Push Robust Agenda on Family Caregiving, Social Security

Today, volunteers and staff from every state, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have come to Washington to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of family caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, these volunteers and staff will carry crucial asks:   AARP advocates will ask members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and …

Meet Our Asian American and Pacific Islander Heroes!

AARP is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Hero Awards, created to acknowledge the hard-working staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations serving AAPIs age 50-plus. The three winners “tirelessly devote their time, talents, and passion to provide an invaluable service to our community,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP Vice President of Multicultural Leadership, Asian American and Pacific Islander Audience Strategy. “We hope that they inspire others to work or volunteer for our older …

AARP Is Looking for Asian American Heroes

Do you know an AAPI hero who works or volunteers at a nonprofit that serves 50-plus Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) — someone who’s always there and can be relied on by the organization? If you do, nominate her or him for AARP’s AAPI Heroes Award. We’re taking nominations this month and will present the finalists on Facebook during May, for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, for members of the public to vote on their favorite nominee. …

Community Comes Together to Build a Playground for All Ages

Judith Haskins, 70, couldn’t wait for Monday. As a teacher at the Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., she knew her first-grade students would burst into her classroom with excitement. That’s because over the weekend, the nearby Hume Springs Park was transformed from a worn-out playground into a vibrant, multigenerational open area, complete with benches, shade, an inviting playground and adult exercise equipment. Haskins was one of more than 100 people who showed up on …

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 …

Walking the Walk: Renewal in New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina

Ten years ago, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, AARP had to cancel our Life@50+ national conference in New Orleans. We could not hold that event, but neither could we walk away from the people of that great city. We vowed we would be back — and in 2012, we brought 20,000 AARP members to New Orleans to explore and pursue their possibilities. Most important, we have strengthened our connection to New Orleans and committed to the work of recovery …