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Income Plays a Role in Older Adults’ Happiness, According to New AARP Foundation Study

“The results of this study make it clear that income is a significant factor in social connectedness said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of AARP Foundation. “We need more research examining the effects of loneliness and social isolation on low-income older adults and other, often marginalized groups so that we can develop effective strategies to increase social connections.”  Read | Visit | Download the Research 

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My Journey to Self-Employment: Taking the First Steps

Michele Higgs is on a journey to self-employment with the help of AARP Foundation’s “Work for Yourself@50+” program. In this blog series, Michele will describe her experience with the program, and will walk through the Five Steps to Self-Employment which provides guidance and advice on self-employment. This is the first of a series of blogs she is writing about her experiences with the program. Read

Greet the Neighbors: Practical Tips for Making Connections Close to Home

It’s important to connect with your neighbors, at any age. Here are some practical tips for reaching out. Read


BACK TO WORK 50+: Supplying Needed Skills Makes all the Difference for One Hard-working Woman

Gloria Santos is used to working hard and doing whatever it takes to get by. No matter the challenge, she finds a way to thrive. Read

In the Spotlight

The Age Discrimination Law at 50: A Mixed Bag

“Unretirement” expert Chris Farrell writes for Next Avenue on the fiftieth anniversary of the ADEA, saying that the law “has been somewhat effective in lessening age discrimination in the workplace” but also “may be a factor in why older workers are less likely than their younger peers to find a new job after a layoff.” Read

Assisted Living Slumps, Independent Living Thrives for HCP

Senior Housing News reports real estate investment trust HCP Inc announced Monday that it “has had more success with independent living communities than with assisted living communities” in the past two years. The company expects “less competitive pressure in independent living,” adding that there is “pressure from new supply” in assisted living markets. Read

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Age Strong: An Impact Investment

Age Strong is an innovative social investment initiative to invest in critical services and programs for struggling adults 50-plus. Learn more

Programs & Services

AARP Foundation SCSEP

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is the nation's oldest program to help low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55+ find work. Go

AARP Tax Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

This program offers free assistance with tax-return preparation. Go

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Housing Solutions Center

This program offers free HUD-certified counseling and assistance to 50+ homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure. Go

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We are partnering with workforce services providers to strengthen the bridge between 50+ job candidates and respected employers. Go

AARP Experience Corps: Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club

AARP Foundation Experience Corps

Experience Corps is a literacy program that utilizes highly trained volunteers age 50 and over to help struggling students become great readers. Go