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.

Nurses a Big Part of AARP? Yes, Because Nurses Are a Big Part of Health

It has been awhile since I’ve been asked why AARP has a center devoted to nursing. Maybe that is because it’s been a part of AARP long enough that by now people know. After all, it has been 12 years since the Center to Champion Nursing in America began its mission to see that people—all people—have access to a nurse when and where they need it. With National Nurses Week on the horizon, it is a good time to reaffirm …

Washington State’s Success with Long-Term Services and Supports

  Washington State has consistently ranked among top-performing states in the AARP Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard.  My colleagues and I are often asked: “How do you do that?” The reality is that there is no single answer.  However, certain notable strategies we utilize have helped fuel our success. Below are some of them. But first, it’s important to understand the breadth of the challenge and the importance of tackling it. A Challenge that Will Only Get Bigger …

Home Alone Revisited Study Offers Closer Look at Special Issues that 20 million Family Caregivers Face

When AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI) conducted its Home Alone study in 2012, the outcome was the first national look at the evolving experience of family caregivers—who are being asked to perform more complex medical/nursing tasks than ever before, who experience a high degree of stress in their role, and who historically have not even been considered part of the health care team. Complex tasks run the gamut from administering many medications, including injections, to changing dressings and handling medical …

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 …