Thinking Policy

Here's a look at some notable innovations in Original Medicare that put person and family first.
The Build Back Better Act that recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and is under consideration in the U.S. Senate includes several sections that could drive improvement in nursing home staffing and ultimately resident care and safety.
Older workers have much to gain from online learning and working. A new study examines the barriers and opportunities that exist for older workers accessing online programs, with a focus on their digital skill levels.
A growing number of employers, including AARP, are offering benefits that help their employees save for emergencies.
Claiming Social Security earlier means more time receiving benefits, but that action will permanently reduce them, which can threaten financial health at older ages.
Older worker
Men ages 55 and older had among the largest declines in labor force participation rates during the pandemic.
Financial access gaps persist, and demonstrate how much work remains to ensure that all financial products are fair, equitable, and affordable.
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Expanded tax credits mean many lower-income older adults are now eligible for free or low-cost health insurance coverage.
Facilities are beginning to innovate and put in place best practices to drive down the number of COVID-19 cases among residents and staff.
As the pandemic and the caregiving crisis it has prompted continue, more action is needed to protect caregivers from discrimination at work.
Emergency savings accounts are more than just a good idea. They can help protect households against financial hardship today and enable greater retirement security in the future.
The pandemic has changed the way we think of long-term care, and if we lean into the crisis-earned set of lessons learned, we can do more than just tweak the system. We can transform it.
Man helps older man walk with walker
Providing working family caregivers ages 50-plus with appropriate support in the workplace should be a critical part of the nation's economic recovery strategy.