Jo Ann Jenkins

Jo Ann Jenkins is chief executive officer of AARP, and previously served as the organization's chief operating officer and as president of its affiliated charity, AARP Foundation. Follow her on Twitter @JoAnn_Jenkins.
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In the annals of good advice for dealing with a problem or challenge, “ put your head in the sand,” “kick the can down the road” and “ignore it and maybe it will go away” generally do not rate very highly.
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En inglés | Con la ayuda y el apoyo de mis amistades, familia y colegas, y con las contribuciones inspiradas de mi compañero de trabajo Boe Workman, estoy contando los días hasta la publicación de Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age (Transformar el envejecimiento: un nuevo y audaz camino para vivir la vida al máximo a cualquier edad).
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As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I realize how fortunate I am to walk in the footsteps of Ethel Percy Andrus, who founded AARP in 1958, the year I was born. As I seek to “ disrupt aging” — to change the conversation in this country about what it means to grow older — I often think about the enormous challenges she faced as she sought to bring about social change during her time.
Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age
En español | With the help and support of my friends, family and colleagues, and with the inspired contributions of my coworker Boe Workman, I’m counting the days to publication of Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age.
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“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
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How good does it feel to know you’ve been heard? How rare is that feeling?
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Founded in 1776, First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Va., is believed to be the first black Baptist church that was organized entirely by African Americans — a group of slaves and freed blacks who met secretly under an arbor on Green Spring Plantation. By 1781, the congregation had close to 200 members, and its pastor was a slave who worked in the Williamsburg tavern owned by his master.
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One of the joys of passing age 50 is growing less self-conscious about what people think of me. By now, I know I can usually trust my instincts, and even when I falter, the judgments of others don’t sting like they used to.
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Amid all the shimmer and shine of the new year, many of us find ourselves spending longer than usual on inner reflection — wondering how we might pursue a passion or thinking hard about whether our own skin is still a good fit.
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Too many of us are outgrowing our homes and communities. They’re not becoming too small, like children’s clothes, but they just don’t fit us very well as we get older.
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