For many Americans age 50 and older, a single event – a lost job, a health crisis, the loss of a spouse or partner – can quickly lead to catastrophic circumstances on many fronts. We don’t want anyone to have to choose between eating and keeping the lights on or seeking medical care. That’s why AARP Foundation has identified four interrelated priority areas where we can have the greatest impact: hunger, income, housing, and isolation. This work is supported by a longstanding commitment to legal advocacy on behalf of older Americans everywhere.
AARP Foundation is also working side-by-side with hardworking, trusted organizations in communities across the nation. These organizations
are doing a heroic job of helping struggling Americans, but with the numbers of people in crisis growing every day, it’s a challenge to reach everyone and ensure that those who need support know where to find it. AARP Foundation has a powerful multiplier effect for much-needed programs and services, so we can reach more people and make resources go further.
Isolation is more than being alone. It’s the result of feeling detached physically or psychologically, or being disconnected from support groups of family, friends and community. Learn more at Connect2Affect.org
Find the most recent cases in which AFL has advocated in courts nationwide for the rights of older persons, and filed AARP’s amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs that help courts decide precedent-setting cases.