Join AARP’s Live Event: A Conversation about Prediabetes among Latinos

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 Thursday, April 25th, AARP’s National Volunteer President Catherine Alicia Georges and Univision’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Juan Rivera will join leading health experts for a free, interactive …

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 …

Something to Chew On: Highlights of Findings from an AARP Oral Health Survey of Older Americans

Oral health conditions—like untreated cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss—are not inevitable consequences of aging. Access to adequate dental care among older adults can prevent or delay these problems and may lead to overall improvements in health and well-being among seniors. A robust body of literature—including a seminal report by the U.S. Surgeon General—finds a clear connection between oral health and physical health, including health conditions that are prevalent among older adults—like diabetes and heart disease. Yet, many older adults …

Work Requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky Blocked by Federal Court

On March 27, 2019, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued decisions that are vitally important for Medicaid beneficiaries. The two cases, Gresham v. Azar and Stewart v. Azar, halted efforts in Arkansas and Kentucky to condition receipt of Medicaid benefits on securing work or volunteer activities, as well as other cuts to coverage. The court’s rulings reinforced an earlier decision against Kentucky’s work requirement and extended a similar reasoning to the Arkansas …

Jobs Rebound in March

  Employment Overview Employment rebounded in March with the economy adding 196,000 jobs, up sharply from only 33,000 jobs added in February (revised up from +20,000 jobs), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly Employment Situation data. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.8 percent overall and at 2.7 percent for those ages 55 and older. The overall labor force participation rate was down slightly from 63.2 percent to 63 percent and also edged down for the 55+ …

Protecting SNAP: An Essential Safety Net for Millions of Older Americans

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—formerly known as food stamps—is a federal and state-administered program that prevents millions of low-income Americans from going hungry by giving them resources to buy food. 8.8 million SNAP households with adults ages 50 or older rely on SNAP to meet their basic nutritional needs.[1] In 2017, 43 percent of SNAP households included at least one adult aged 50 or older. That share varied from 30 percent in California to 57 percent in New York …