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.

Leading Insights across All Aging Issues—All in One Place

As I have told my team, the AARP Public Policy Institute needs to be more than a think tank. We are a Think and Do Tank. We produce leading research on aging issues, yet we also are action-oriented, from engaging consumers on the topic of prediabetes to producing videos that help family caregivers perform tasks. We also have a unique vantage point in that we cover a full range of aging issues, from financial security and retirement savings to livable …

AARP Well-Being Champions Keep Fostering a Culture of Health

Every community has different challenges when it comes to health and well-being, and those who live and work locally often generate creative solutions.  That understanding was the driving force behind our selection of the AARP Well-Being Champions. First announced in late 2017, these 10 community leaders – all of whom are age 50 plus — were chosen for their outstanding work in conceiving, developing, and implementing creative solutions that are fostering a Culture of Health in their communities. In addition …

Bring a Number to the Table from the Scorecard!

As 2019 gets underway in full force, legislatures in states across the nation are convening — some for a few weeks, others for another year-round session. How can we compete for and win the attention of state legislators and draw their focus to aging, disability, and long-term services and supports (LTSS) issues? The LTSS Scorecard is the best tool we have. Every advocate should become familiar with it, particularly with where their state stands compared to others, and visit their …

Time to Get Ready: 2020 Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard

All Americans deserve a high-performing system of long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older individuals and those with disabilities, one that ensures access to affordable, high-quality services that are person- and family-centered.  Services and supports should be delivered from the perspective of the individuals receiving care, and, when appropriate and necessary, their families. Today, however, the LTSS system is fragmented, hard to understand, and difficult to navigate, both for LTSS recipients and their family caregivers. Without significant and rapid strengthening …

Our Most-Read Blogs of 2018

From creating a trailblazing initiative that trains bank employees to identify and report suspected financial exploitation, to shining the light on the detrimental health effects and high costs of social isolation, AARP’s Public Policy Institute kept a frenetic pace in 2018, underscoring its identity as a leading “think-and-do” tank. Throughout the year, PPI researched, crunched data and analyzed critical policy issues facing older adults and presented solutions and findings here. Below, we share our most-read blogs for 2018 in four …

AARP Healthy Living: Cutting through the Health Space Clutter for the Consumer

Information and advice on living more healthy lives, it seems, is everywhere. It’s on every platform, digital and traditional—online and print, videos and books, webinars and live seminars, network news and online features. That may seem to be a good thing, but quantity is not necessarily so.  In the healthy living space, the information flows at seemingly unmanageable volume; moreover, one piece of advice or information often contradicts another, potentially leaving the consumer overwhelmed and frustrated—and, as result, perhaps complacent …