WATCH: Volunteers Describe Life-Changing Experiences

This National Volunteer Week, I’d like to say a big thank you to the thousands of AARP volunteers from across the country who dedicate their time and energy to fight for the issues that affect us all. They are hard at work in their communities and state capitols and engaging legislators to pass commonsense solutions that support every day Americans and their families. With their help, we’ve: Supported family caregivers and the older parents, spouses and other loved ones they …

Connecting Expectation and Reality: The Home Alone Alliance Takes Center Stage at Aging in America

Getting our research off the page and into policy and practice is a critical component of the Public Policy Institute’s work. We know that in order to help older adults, family caregivers of all ages and the professionals who support them, we need to back up our facts and research findings with concrete action steps. At this week’s Aging in America, the national conference of the American Society on Aging, the Public Policy Institute and its key partners will showcase …

Bipartisanship: Hard to see, but still alive

We certainly are living in very divisive times. On the big issues of the day, party and ideological lines are drawn with little, if any, common ground. And, the collegiality of Congresses past – the “disagree without being disagreeable” comity – seems like something for the history books. But is that really the whole story? Back in December, I spent some time with a group of senior congressional staff. There was nothing specific on the agenda, just a nice end-of-year …

En la riqueza y en la pobreza; la labor de un cuidador familiar

Prometemos ‘en la salud y en la enfermedad’ y ‘en la riqueza y en la pobreza’ esperando nunca enfrentarnos a enfermedades o dificultades financieras. Cuando ocurre una tragedia, a menudo los cónyuges tienen que batallar con ambas cosas; afrontar las responsabilidades de cuidar de su esposo o esposa y velar por su salud y recuperación.Yvette y Walter, de Carolina del Norte, luchan con esto. Tras el derrame cerebral de Walt hace dos años, Yvette, “como cuidadora y esposa ha aprendido …

For Richer or Poorer; A Family Caregiver’s Journey

We vow ‘in sickness and in health,’ and ‘for richer or poorer,’ hoping to never experience illnesses or financial difficulties. When tragedy strikes, spouses are often left battling both; taking on the huge responsibilities of caring for their husbands or wives’ needs, and managing their health and recovery.Yvette and Walter from North Carolina live this struggle. After Walt’s stroke 2 years ago, Yvette has, “as caregiver and wife learned to manage…medical appointments, lawn care, repairs and finances,” all while continuing …

New FINRA Rules Provide Big Benefits in the Fight Against Financial Exploitation

The fight against the financial exploitation of older Americans is about to get a whole lot easier.   The 50+ are prime targets of financial exploitation because they own 67 percent of U.S. bank deposits – and because factors including health status, cognitive ability, and social isolation can make them more vulnerable. Beginning February 5, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) will enact a pair of rules that will provide brokers with additional tools to protect their older clients and …