Elaine Ryan is the vice president of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration (SASI) in AARP's Government Affairs group. She leads a team of dedicated legislative staff who work with AARP state offices to advance advocacy with Governors and state legislators, helping people 50+ attain and maintain their long-term financial security and health.

Follow Elaine on Twitter: @RoamTheDomes.

AARP Volunteers Are Fighting for You

During National Volunteer Week I’d like to stop and say thank you. Thank you to the thousands of AARP volunteers who are fighting for families as part of our multistate advocacy campaigns across every state, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  By giving your time and energy to advocate for the 50-plus and their families, you’ve helped to: Pass bills in nearly every state to support millions of family caregivers and the older parents, spouses and other loved …

What Is Telehealth and How Does It Help Family Caregivers?

I was a long-distance caregiver for my Mom and Pop for more than 15 years. I remember calling home to learn how Mom’s doctor’s visit went. Pop replied, “Oh, Dr. Hughes thinks the Buffalo Bills will have a great season this year.” Lots of talk about quarterbacks, but few details on her diagnosis or treatment instructions. So I made it a point to fly from Washington to Buffalo several times a month to visit, make meals and attend doctor appointments. Though it was …

Family Caregivers Need Support From Hospital to Home

Having a loved one in the hospital can be a stressful and emotional experience — especially if you don’t have the support you need. Each day, 40 million family caregivers help older parents, spouses, children with disabilities and other loved ones live independently at home. They help with bathing and dressing, manage finances, stand by their loved one’s side when they go into the hospital, care for them when they return home, and so much more. Some family caregivers, like …

AARP Is Fighting to Protect State Flexibility on Retirement Plans

Innovative state solutions to America’s savings crisis are in danger. Federal overreach threatens an important Department of Labor rule that gives states flexibility to help workers save for retirement. Fifty-five million workers in America have no way to save for retirement out of their regular paychecks. Their employers don’t offer a retirement plan because it can be costly and complicated to do so. The problem is especially severe among communities of color. Only 54 percent of African American and Asian …

Lifesaving Wedding Bands: A Family Caregiver Love Story

When Elaine and Tommy were married, they vowed “in sickness and health” — a promise that over a decade later would require a lifesaving addition to their matching wedding bands. Elaine shares their story: In 1998, when Tommy and I got married, we went to Service Merchandise to buy matching gold wedding bands. It was the second marriage for both of us; we were in our 60s. I think we paid $25 for each. Fancy gems weren’t important to us …

AARP Is Fighting for YOU in Your State

This year, as state legislators are going to work across the country, so are we. In addition to fighting on Capitol Hill to keep Medicare and Social Security strong, AARP will be making sure your voice is heard at state capitols across the country — on issues like support for family caregivers and their loved ones, retirement security, and ensuring that your utility bill is reasonable and justified. Supporting caregiving families About 40 million family caregivers in the United States …