AARP Media Relations

June is LGBT Pride month and AARP is proud to show its support for the LGBT community. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, a watershed moment in the LGBT gay rights movement in America.
Growing Momentum in Federal and State Governments
AARP is commemorating its 60 th anniversary with the construction of fitness parks in local communities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In collaboration with the innovative nonprofit, FitLot,™ AARP Tampa worked with the local Parks and Recreation department to open the first fitness park in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 24. AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, Mayor Rick Kriseman, and FitLot Co-Founder and Executive Director Adam Mejerson were on hand to welcome community members to the new park and try out the exercise equipment.
As the U.S. population ages, more workers are taking on responsibilities for caring for family members with illnesses or disabilities. These duties can have a substantial economic impact on employees and pose challenges for companies to find ways to make the workplace more “caregiver-friendly.” This is especially true for small businesses who often don’t have the capacity or financial resources to establish formal caregiving procedures.
Technology holds great promise in addressing the needs of older adults as they focus on remaining healthy, active, socially connected and independent. To understand their behavior around adopting tech products, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and the CTA Foundation surveyed older adults and caregivers and found a deep interest among the group to embrace tech that promises greater convenience, safety and health.
Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have been a major, ongoing concern for many Americans, particularly older Americans. A new AARP survey confirms this: 72 percent of adults age 50 and older said they’re worried about being able to afford their medications. Seniors are especially vulnerable to rising drug prices because they take an average of 4.5 prescription drugs each month. In 2015 alone, Medicare beneficiaries spent nearly $27 billion in out-of-pocket costs for their prescription drugs.
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AARP recently won a prominent " Sharecare Award" for its video spotlighting men as family caregivers, raising attention to an often hidden but vitally important group of people. Co-produced with AARP Studios, the 3-minute video offers an inside look at a gathering of African-American men from Philadelphia who support one another and openly share their unique challenges.
Top Technology Trends 50 Plus in 2019
Last fall my mom got an iPhone so she could text with her children and grandchildren. It turns out she’s part of a trend of older Americans embracing technology to keep in touch with family and friends.
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Anyone looking for evidence that the tech industry is waking up to the power of the Longevity Economy – the term many use as a catch-all for the $7.6 trillion in annual economic activity in the U.S. generated by people age 50 and up -- need look no further than CES, the global consumer electronics show held in Las Vegas last month.
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AARP continued its mission to empower all people 50 and over by being a sponsor at all four major diversity and inclusion journalist conferences: the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. AARP hosted booths, workshops, and panel discussions on topics ranging from health and caregiving to the Midterm Elections and what it means to be ‘gay and graying’ in America. AARP’s goal at each conference was to support and cultivate relationships with multicultural media professionals, educate them about AARP’s various programs and services designed for diverse audiences, and offer them story ideas, expert sources, and resources on the issues that matter most to their target audiences.
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How we cope with stress is an important factor in our mental well-being which, in turn, impacts our brain health as we age. How we personally view getting older is also related. Adults who look at aging positively report higher mental well-being scores, says a new survey.
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The midterm elections are some 25 days away. And there are now 54 million smart speakers in the U.S. with more being purchased each day. In response, AARP has an innovative new "Raise Your Voice" smart speaker app designed to increase civic engagement of voters age 50 and older.
Marsha Wetzel
After her partner of 30 years died, Marsha Wetzel, at age 67, suddenly found herself evicted from her home by her partner’s family. Luckily, she found a new place to live at Glen St. Andrew Living Facility in Niles, Illinois. All was going well until word spread that Marsha was lesbian.