Thinking Policy

As we celebrate longevity and aging, we must acknowledge current crises and the challenges and opportunities they present to create a more equitable future.
For many low- and moderate-wage workers, the COVID-19 Recession has highlighted the shift away from stable working hours and a subsequent rise in income volatility.
Through personal, public and private sector responsibility, we must work together to close the opportunity gap and lessen inequities across the lifespan.
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.
Black woman paying bills online
Emerging evidence shows that COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on older Blacks and Hispanics.
Black and Latino adults are far more likely to experience serious illness and death from COVID-19.
Concerns about COVID-19 are highest among those with lower incomes.
Self-direction allows individuals to have greater choice over the services and supports they receive, including hiring and managing their own paid caregivers and purchasing items to live more independently at home.