Moving forward: Mobility Options are Key Element of Livable Communities

Think for a moment about everything you do in a typical week . . . going to work or school or volunteering, visiting friends and family, getting to a doctor’s appointment or the grocery store, grabbing a bite to eat, catching a movie . . . and you’ll understand why safe, affordable transportation options are a key component of what we at AARP call “livable communities” – great places to live for people of all ages. Day-to-day mobility is critical …

Driving toward the Future

Last week, AARP hosted an event with POLITICO at the Detroit Auto Show. The topic: Driverless cars and the Future of Mobility. Now, if you’re wondering why AARP sponsored a panel that sounds more like the Jetsons than the Golden Girls . . . the answer is pretty simple. Having safe, affordable transportation options is essential to live independently, whatever your age. And, since driverless cars are coming sooner than you might think, AARP is working to make sure that …

What You Can Expect When the Fed Raises Rates

Federal Reserve policymakers will meet next week to decide whether to raise a key interest rate. If they do, it’ll be the first time since June 2006. To put that in perspective, the New York Times notes that back then, Facebook was still mostly for college students and its competitor, MySpace (remember MySpace?), had 10 times as many users. If policymakers nudge this rate up, it could have a ripple effect on the pocketbooks of consumers. Many experts predict, though, …

La edad promedio de los autos en carreteras de EE.UU. rompe récord

La edad promedio de los vehículos en carretera en Estados Unidos es de 11,5 años, lo cual establece un nuevo récord, de acuerdo con la firma IHS Automotive. Las matrículas de vehículos ligeros también alcanzaron un nivel récord de 257,9 millones. Esto es un aumento de más de 5,3 millones (2,1%) respecto al año pasado y el mayor incremento anual que se ha visto en la industria automotriz en EE.UU. desde que IHS comenzó a rastrear los vehículos en circulación. …

How to Choose a Car to Make Aging Easier

The last time I bought a new car I was 20 years younger and I wanted something that fit me at the time — classy, sexy and fast! Twenty years later, my priorities have taken a U-turn. Now practicality is my top priority. A new car must not only meet my needs as I age but also be suitable for driving around my 91-year-old dad (who lives with me and has Alzheimer’s) and his service dog, Mr. Jackson. Nearly six …