Mayors Discuss How to Engage Older Residents

At the United States Conference of Mayors winter meeting on January 24, a panel of mayors discussed the important role that voters age 50 or older play in local elections and how communities can best engage older adults. Nancy LeaMond, AARP chief advocacy and engagement officer, joined mayors Bryan Barnett (Rochester Hills, Michigan), Steve Benjamin (Columbia, South Carolina), Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, Indiana) and Marty Walsh (Boston, Massachusetts). Watch the video and then learn what older voters have to say  about the issues that …

New Survey Shows That America’s Mayors and AARP Know What’s Important

I spent time a few weeks ago with hundreds of our nation’s mayors at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 85th Annual Winter Meeting. In addition to listening to leaders like New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (during his final hours in that position) talk about the state of our cities, I shared the results of a survey AARP and the U.S. Conference of Mayors conducted last year. In the survey, …

How Many Years Until We Regain Lost Jobs?

If you have a job, count your blessings. If you’re looking for work, well, unless you live in a few privileged areas, you might just want to pack your bags. That’s because researchers who analyzed the jobs situation in 363 U.S. cities and suburbs found that the best odds of finding work seem to be in cities that have concentrations of universities, health care industry jobs, major federal or military employers, or oil jobs. Among the cities that have done …