Roundup: Prescription Drug Legislation

Growing Momentum in Federal and State Governments There is growing bipartisan support for action on the crisis of high prescription drug prices, and it’s sweeping the halls of the U.S. Congress and state capitols across the country. Throughout 2019, Congress has held numerous hearings and considered several bills, while several states have pending legislation or enacted laws to lower prescription drug prices. Federal Updates Last week, hearings on prescription drug prices were held in both chambers of the U.S. Congress, …

AARP Donating Fitness Parks for All Ages

AARP is commemorating its 60th 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. AARP partnered with an innovative nonprofit, FitLot,™ and worked with the local Parks and Recreation department to open its 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 …

New AARP Research Explores Small Business Employers’ Attitudes on Family Caregiving

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. During National Small Business Week, AARP Research released new survey results highlighting the views and …

Booming Tech for Boomers

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. The report, Active Aging: Consumer Perceptions and Attitudes, shows the U.S. market for solutions provided by smart, connected …

Leading the Fight to Stop Rx Greed

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. To lead the fight to …

AARP Wins Sharecare Award for Video Celebrating Men as Family Caregivers

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. According to the AARP Public Policy Institute, about 16 million men nationwide provide care for a family member or friend, equal to 40 percent of …