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 …

New Research Shows Older Americans’ Technology Usage Keeps Climbing – And Climbing

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. Recent AARP research found that the use of technology by people age 50-plus keeps climbing. A significant majority (94 percent) of Americans age 50 and up are using technology to stay connected to friends and family, up from 91 percent in 2017. And …

At CES: An Expanded Focus on the Longevity Economy

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. Here’s a quick summary of some (but certainly not all) of the new products and services that jumped out …

AARP Educates and Encourages Americans to Vote with New “Raise Your Voice” Smart Speaker App

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. The voice-enabled speaker skill, available on Amazon Alexa and Google Home, provides users with information and support on various advocacy issues including Social Security, Medicare and caregiving. It also assists users …

READY. SET. PACK!

For the fourth year in a row, AARP employees joined their colleagues from AARP Foundation for a day of service on 9/11. Thousands of volunteers from across the DC metro region and beyond joined together on the National Mall to pack meals for low-income seniors. More than 10 million older adults are at risk of hunger every day.     The event is part of AARP Foundation’s Summer of Service to Seniors, a series of volunteer opportunities around the country …

Older Job Seekers Gain Major Victory In Age Discrimination Case

AARP has led the fight for the rights of older workers in their relations with employers for decades, and in recent years has been building on its efforts to support older job applicants in their pursuit of career opportunities. Last month, a federal court in Chicago delivered a major victory to older applicants. The case involved veteran attorney Dale Kleber, who faced a cutoff of seven years as a maximum experience for eligibility for a job he applied for. Kleber, …