Susan Reinhard, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, is a senior vice president at AARP, directing its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for AARP's public policy research and analysis. She also serves as the chief strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, a resource center to ensure the nation has the nurses it needs.

What’s At Stake? The Future of Medicaid

For decades Medicaid has served as a critical safety net for millions of people with limited income and resources. Nearly 70 million people, including millions of children and adults with disabilities and low-income older adults, rely on the Medicaid program for health care coverage and assistance with basic life functions such as eating, dressing, and bathing. Medicaid has never been a static program. Since its inception in 1965, the program has evolved to meet the changing needs of the people …

Taking it to the Next Level: Four People with Four Stories and Four Lessons

As Kathleen Ujvari and I were writing “Taking it to the Next Level: Using Innovative Strategies to Expand Options in Self-Direction,” we were privileged to speak to people in several states who were self-directing their services. Each unique story offered us different lessons. While we could only choose one story for the Innovative Strategies paper, we wanted to share what we learned from the other individuals we spoke to. Patricia is a Veteran who lives in Florida. From her, we …

The Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard, One Year In: Keep ‘Picking Up the Pace.’

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) released its third Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard. The interactive tool measures state performance for creating a high-quality system of care and improving services for older adults and people with physical disabilities, as well as their family caregivers. It encompasses everything from the availability of home and community-based services to access to transportation within a community. To understand the breadth and power of the …

Working Toward More Livable Communities

Will the community in which you live now continue to meet your needs in the years ahead? The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) has a powerful tool to help you answer that question, and even become a catalyst for local change. At AARP and within PPI, we’re working to ensure more livable communities for everyone. That’s more important than ever, given that people are living longer than at any time in history, and that by 2035 older adults will outnumber …

American Society on Aging Conference, Up Close: Achieving a High Performing System in Long-Term Services and Supports

As more than 3,000 leaders and professionals in the field of aging gather in San Francisco for the 2018 Aging in America conference, addressing the needs of the aging population and the number of people living with disabilities will be top of mind. That’s more important than ever. Approximately 10,000 people turn age 65 every day, and new projections from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the United States is heading toward a transformative milestone: older adults will outnumber children …

Connecting Expectation and Reality: The Home Alone Alliance Takes Center Stage at Aging in America

Getting our research off the page and into policy and practice is a critical component of the Public Policy Institute’s work. We know that in order to help older adults, family caregivers of all ages and the professionals who support them, we need to back up our facts and research findings with concrete action steps. At this week’s Aging in America, the national conference of the American Society on Aging, the Public Policy Institute and its key partners will showcase …