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The Public Policy Institute informs and stimulates public debate on the issues we face as we age. The Institute promotes development of sound, creative policies to address our common need for economic security, health care, and quality of life.
The number of seniors who count on Social Security for much of their retirement income; the percentage kept out of poverty by Social Security; the number of state Medicare beneficiaries; and the role of Social Security and Medicare in state economies. read
This Fact Sheet discusses how using the chained CPI would affect Social Security beneficiaries, as well as beneficiaries of other programs such as Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Medicare, veterans’ retirement and disability programs, and poverty-prevention programs. read
Comparable state level data for 70 health care indicators, including health expenditures and financing, health status, Medicare enrollment, utilization and quality of services, and access to care. read
The number of workers with eldercare responsibilities is on the rise. This fact sheet highlights research to better understand the impact of family caregiving on work, and how working caregivers can better manage their work and caregiving responsibilities. read
The recession and its aftermath have left many Boomers without jobs or savings, and with homes they can neither afford nor sell. Many are uncertain about the future as they move toward retirement. read
Addressing the needs of racially and ethnically diverse family caregivers can help reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and nursing home care, and improve transitions between care settings. This report finds many needs not being met. read
This paper calls for developing public and private solutions to ensure that workers with eldercare responsibilities receive equal employment opportunity and are protected from workplace discrimination. read
Lori Trawinski presented “Oversight of the FHA Reverse Mortgage Program for Seniors” at a May 9 hearing of the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity, U.S. House Committee on Financial Services read
This AARP Public Policy Institute report by Stephen Schondelmeyer and AARP’s Leigh Purvis finds that the cumulative change in retail prices for a combined set of widely used prescription drugs was almost double the rate of inflation between 2005 and 2009. read
New research from economists at the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute shows adopting the Auto IRA would greatly expand retirement savings opportunities for an estimated one-quarter of the US workforce. read
The recent recession has caused high unemployment, loss of income and savings, and lower home values. Four in ten of older Americans surveyed expect a lower standard of living in retirement than that of their parents. An Insight on the Issues report by Sara E. Rix read
This report estimates the economic value of family caregiving at $450 billion in 2009, up from $375 billion in 2007. The report also details the costs of providing family care, and provides policy recommendations to better support caregiving. read
This report highlights a drop in the percentage of homeowners over 50 who own their homes free and clear and shows rising costs for those who rent or still pay mortgages. An AARP Public Policy Institute Insight on the Issues by Rodney Harrell, PhD. read
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