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.

Getting Real on Family Caregiving for Those with Dementia

If you haven’t seen this recent issue of AARP The Magazine, I encourage you to take a look at the cover story because it addresses topics that are front and center here at the AARP Public Policy Institute: family caregiving and dementia. The two A-list actors featured on the cover—Blythe Danner and Hilary Swank—play mother and daughter in a movie, “What They Had,” which highlights an issue of great importance. In the film, Danner’s character has Alzheimer’s, and the family …

The Need for Relief: Pressures and Costs Facing Family Caregivers

November is National Family Caregiver month — when we recognize and honor the 40 million family caregivers across this country. Being a family caregiver — that is, providing unpaid care to a parent, spouse, partner, friend or other adult— is hard work. It can also be rewarding work. In most cases, it’s an opportunity to give back and offer a return on the loving investment someone once made in us. However, family caregiving can also be expensive. On average family …

What a Medicaid Funding Data Point Reveals about a State’s Long-Term Care

The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) recently released the 10th edition of Across the States: Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports, a vital state reference report on long-term services and supports (LTSS) in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Indicative of the report’s relevance and importance is its staying power. PPI’s longest-running publication, Across the States has been published for the last 24 years. And now it is more important than ever. That is because the 85+ population—the …

Join Us For Our Live Event: A Conversation About Prediabetes

You’ve probably heard of diabetes—but what about prediabetes? Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to qualify as diabetes. While almost half of older adults have prediabetes, nearly nine out of ten don’t know they have it. That’s why having this conversation is so important. On Wednesday, November 7th from 7-8pm ET, join AARP and 100 Black Men of America for a free, interactive telephone town hall about prediabetes among the African American/Black …

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 …