At AARP, we look at life after 50 as an exciting opportunity to enjoy a second youth. Retirement itself should then be seen as a hopeful journey rather than stepping into the unknown.
Unfortunately, a new series of surveys commissioned by AARP shows that a key group of Hispanic voters 50+ are looking at the coming November election with a high level of preoccupation. This seems to be driven by economic anxieties that extend well beyond the single issue of jobs with voters age 50+ wanting the candidates to do better at explaining their plans for Social Security and Medicare.
Moving forward, more than 70% of these Latino voters 50+ want to know more about the candidates' plans on Social Security and Medicare in order to decide who they will vote for on election day. Adding to the uncertainty, 63% also believe they will have to delay their retirement, 59% worry they won't have a comfortable retirement, and 43% think that retirement is never going to be within their reach.
You can't blame them. Social Security And Medicare are extremely important matters to many of us and it's hard to feel certain about the future when both programs will need to be strengthened if they're going to continue to be there for our children and grandchildren. For a Life Reimagined, as we see it from the AARP perspective, Social Security and Medicare are crucial support components that enhance our lives after 50 and knowing that they have a solid future may contribute to lessening any anxiety.
"For these voters, 'retirement security' and 'economic security' are largely the same thing," said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President. 97% of survey participants want to see the next president and Congress working together in a bipartisan way to strengthen Social Security and Medicare.
At AARP, we launched You've Earned a Say (YEAS), Tu Voz es Tu Derecho in Spanish, a national forum to bring the conversation about the sustainability on Social Security and Medicare from behind closed doors in Washington in to the spotlight. To date, more than 3 million Americans have engaged with YEAS to share their thoughts about how best to protect and strengthen health and retirement security for today's seniors and future generations.
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