AARP’s Healthy Living Initiative: Taking Steps to Prevent Diabetes

Taking steps to live a healthier life is very important to millions of consumers, but many don’t know where to turn or how to engage. There’s an overabundance of information in the health space, yet, paradoxically, some of the most important information is not reaching people to the extent that it should. (A prime example: prediabetes. More on that below.) Through AARP’s Healthy Living Initiative, we’re aiming to empower aging adults to lead their healthiest lives possible by providing the information …

Lesson from the AARP Challengers: The Best Ingredient for Fitness is…Fun

AARP launched its Healthy Living work this year with a Challenge: Walk 30 minutes a day for eight weeks.  Seem like a lot?  Maybe so—seem, that is. In fact, for 82,000 entrants (known as “Challengers”) participating in our Fit & Fun Challenge sweepstakes, the result was 96,000 daily walks and over 125,000 weekly activities designed to motivate one another, share progress across the community, and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. More than mere metrics confirmed that the Challenge—which featured AARP’s Wellness …

Bringing the Convenience of Expedia to Paratransit

During the recent Thanksgiving holiday, a record 30 million-plus Americans traveled by air, and millions more will take to the skies before the clock strikes 2019. Notably, less than 10 percent of those travelers used a traditional travel agent to book their flights. Consumer travel planning has undergone a technological revolution. Today, the vast majority of travelers enjoy the convenience of online tools like Expedia or flight aggregators and metasearch engines, such as Google Flights, to explore flight options across …

The Devil is in the Details: Securely Sharing Transportation Data

  Hacks. Leaks. Theft. Every week seems to have a new scandal about the misuse of data. Yet, data — and its sharing — are the lifeblood of many of the technological innovations we see across every major industry. How you shop, eat, and even make friends has been completely transformed by data-driven technologies. And transportation is no different. For transportation systems to work effectively, they need to both collect information about users and relay accurate information to those users. …

Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.7 percent in November

  Employment Overview The unemployment rate remained unchanged for the third consecutive month at 3.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) November Employment Situation Summary. The unemployment rate for those ages 55 and older edged up slightly to 2.9 percent. The economy added 155,000 jobs in November, down from 237,000 jobs added in October. The overall labor force participation rate was also unchanged at 62.9 percent while the rate for the 55+ increased slightly to 40.2 percent. …

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 …