Psychologists who studied resilience after tragedy or hardship were surprised to discover that many people didn’t just bounce back; they actually “bounced forward,” emerging with positive changes in their lives.
AARP Foundation has bounced forward in responding to the converging pandemics we’ve faced this past year.
COVID-19 disrupted all Americans’ lives and increased so many people’s social isolation. The nation is also facing an overdue reckoning on the systemic racism and injustice that have long existed and must be addressed.
Moreover, we witnessed tremendous economic devastation that hit vulnerable older adults especially hard, dramatically increasing the need for our programs.
I’m proud to say that AARP Foundation has met the moment.
Before the pandemic, we had already begun to broaden our work through digital tools and resources. We’ve enhanced that effort during COVID-19, providing more virtual training and support for our program participants and volunteers.
Throughout 2020, we responded to longstanding problems that had grown worse, including social isolation, food insecurity, age discrimination, lack of access to health care, infringements on pension, voting rights, increase in disparities and more. Thank you to our volunteers, supporters, donors, Board of Directors, and dedicated staff who bounced forward and helped us transform it into something quite extraordinary.
Wishing you and yours a brighter 2021.