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PPI’s nonpartisan policy analysis focuses on issues of critical importance to older Americans and draws on the work of experts across the ideological spectrum.



Financial Security


Social Security: A Key Retirement Income Source for Older Minorities

Social Security is the primary source of retirement income for older minorities with nearly one third of older African-Americans and Hispanics relying on it for more than 90 percent of the income that their families receive.  


People Aged 65 and Older Who Rely on Social Security for 90% of Family Income (in 2013) and Average Monthly Benefit (December, 2014) by State

Social Security benefits are a key income source for older Americans. For many, these benefits are the only source of retirement income guaranteed for life.  


Guaranteed Returns in Retirement Savings Plans: Are They Worth the Cost?

This report discusses investment guarantees that promise to deliver at least a certain level of return. It also covers both the costs of such guarantees and their potential value to savers.  


Preventing Exploitation: Five Banks Leading the Fight

In an effort to protect consumers and fight exploitation, AARP is spotlighting promising practices of financial institutions around the world.  


Future of Work@50+

Issues related to jobs, unemployment and work opportunity remain at the forefront of concern for many older Americans. The multiyear Future of Work@50+ project highlights where the problem areas lie and offers policy solutions to ensure that older Americans have access to quality job.



Health Security


Few Hip Fracture Patients Receive Osteoporosis Care

This spotlight is based on an analysis of insurance claims data from the OptumLabs Data Warehouse. We found that surprisingly few women are evaluated or treated for osteoporosis following hip fractures, and these missed opportunities may leave some patients at increased risk for subsequent fractures. 


Share of the Population 85+, in 2015 and 2050, by State

How many people are age 85-plus in your state, and how much is this population projected to grow? Find out here.


Monitoring The Impact of Health Reform

New data from the Urban Institute and the AARP Public Policy Institute show that insurance coverage for 50- to 64-year-olds has improved significantly under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  


Taking a Closer Look at American Indians and Alaska Natives Ages 50 and Older

This report outlines the demographics of this growing cohort and concludes with recommendations for coordinating programmatic resources to better serve it.  


Trends in Retail Prices of Specialty Drugs

New Rx Price Watch Report finds that the average annual cost for a specialty drug exceeded the median U.S. family income in 2013.  


Hospital Readmission Rates Falling Among Older Adults Receiving Joint Replacements

Rates of unplanned hospital readmissions following elective hip and knee replacement procedures fell markedly among the 50- to 84-year-old population between 2009 and 2013.  



Independent Living/Long-Term Services and Support


How Managed Long-Term Services and Supports is Providing Coordination

Older people and adults with disabilities, particularly those with care needs, can benefit from care coordination. Care coordinators are typically nurses or social workers who can help with tasks such as monitoring chronic health conditions, connecting them to social supports, conducting assessments, and writing plans of care.


State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard: How One State Improved

This report presents the findings from a case study of Connecticut. The study was conducted following the release of the 2014 State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard to understand factors that lead to improved performance on measures of long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults and people with physical disabilities.  


Effective Transitions Between Care Settings

Unnecessary and avoidable care transitions can result in adverse outcomes, especially among older adults and people with multiple chronic conditions.


Family Caregiving


Family Caregiver Video Guide to Managing Medications

Caregiving instructional videos aimed at preparing family caregivers perform a variety of medical/nursing tasks such as managing medications, giving injections, mobility, wound care and preparing special diets.  


The Dual Pressures of Family Caregiving and Employment

Using data from the Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 survey, this Spotlight highlights current information about the impacts of the dual responsibilities of employment and family caregiving.


Valuing the Invaluable 2015 Update: Undeniable Progress, but Big Gaps Remain

Part of the Valuing the Invaluable series on the economic value of family caregiving, this report updates national and individual state estimates of the economic value of family caregiving using the most current data available. In 2013, about 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. provided an estimated 37 billion hours of care to an adult with limitations in daily activities.  


Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care

The role of many family caregivers has dramatically expanded to include performing medical/nursing tasks once provided only in hospitals.  


Liveable Communities


Reconnecting Small-Town America By Bus

Washington state shows how it can be done as new federal transit rules spur investment.


Is This a Good Place to Live? Measuring Community Quality of Life for All Ages

The meaning of livability and lessons learned by PPI measuring community livability.


What is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults

Livability issues may or may not be addressed by public policy.


Expanding Specialized Transportation: New Opportunities under the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides new but limited opportunities to promote or fund specialized transportation services for older people and adults with disabilities.


Center to Champion Nursing in America


Transforming the Workforce to Provide Better Chronic Care

This series explores the evolution of primary care systems to better meet the needs of consumers with complex health conditions. It demonstrates that changes in the workforce are required to empower consumers to better manage their health.

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Susan Reinhardt, AARP

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