“Hunger is an invisible problem that millions of older Americans battle silently every day. We have found that the “youngest old” – people 50-59 – tend to suffer the most, often having to skimp on meals or skip them altogether because they can’t afford them,” said AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. “Feeding America’s boomer-focused research reinforces our earlier research on this hidden and very serious problem, and intensifies our commitment to address it.”
Experience Corps and PBS KIDS
Launch Campaign to Reduce Summer Learning Loss
AARP Foundation Experience Corps, PBS member stations and their local partners have joined forces to provide literacy activity booklets to accompany new episodes of the popular show WordGirl, which will air on PBS stations and on YouTube over the summer. Know some elementary age kids? You can download the activity book and reading chart to help bridge the summer learning gap and join WordGirl in expanding vocabularies of children everywhere!
AARP Foundation program manager, Donna Ortega, debunks myths that keep aspiring entrepreneurs older than 50 from starting a small business. Read
In the Spotlight
There are tremendous challenges in ensuring that our houses and communities are ready to support a high quality of life for older adults aging in place now, and the growing numbers of those who will do so in the future. Read
The Public News Service (7/8, 306) writes on the impact of the AARP Experience Corps program in Phoenix after its first year and reports that “98 percent of the students received educational increases in fluency based on their individual school assessment,” according to AARP Arizona’s Tim Valencia. Valencia adds that roughly 90 Experience Corps volunteers worked with 300 students at several schools throughout the Phoenix area.