Thinking Policy

Now is the time for system leaders to reflect on crisis protocol and design long-term operational processes for delivering quality care under new circumstances.
The pandemic underscores the need for policy makers to foster the development of housing alternatives for older adults outside of institutional settings.
AARP is convening a seven-part series with the Social Innovation Summit to engage national leaders and global thought leaders on big ideas and solutions to address long-lasting disparities as we recover and rebuild our communities even stronger.
A view of Earth from space
The U.S. Air Force is using the AARP Livability Index, the world’s first nationwide, neighborhood-based index measuring livability, to determine the location of the new Space Command headquarters.
Here’s what we know about older SNAP households and what they need at this point to weather the pandemic.
Visitor restriction policies due to COVID-19 mean hospital patients are feeling increasingly isolated and alone with no family or friends at their bedside.
True livable communities take the whole community into account, including all members and all neighborhoods.
Business closures among small businesses threaten a major source of U.S. jobs
Increased need calls for higher SNAP benefits during COVID-19.
Black female doctor showing digital tablet to senior patient
Policy makers should take immediate steps to reduce the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Hispanic adults.
Rural hospital sign
Rural areas are being hit hard by COVID-19. The CARES Act can help, but more will be needed.
As a fierce defender of older adults, AARP is working with those on the financial front lines to protect older Americans from financial exploitation through its award-winning BankSafe online training platform.
Older female writing
The labor force participation rate for older workers continues to decline, suggesting that many older workers displaced by COVID-19 job loss have left the labor market.