AARP asked candidates for Pennsylvania governor how they would provide services for an aging population, help people save for retirement, have access to home and community-based services, and spread telehealth across the state.
QUESTION 1: By 2040, there will be more people aged 60+ than there are children – for the first time in the history of the world. As people live longer, healthier lives, we know we need to think differently about what it means to get older. Government programs and policies need to adapt to meet changing needs of this growing diverse population. What steps are being taken to update programs and policies to reflect these changes to ensure all Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to prosper in communities, achieve life-long health, and economic stability?
QUESTION 2: Over 2.1 million residents in our state don’t have a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, what can you commit to do to reverse the trend of under saving for retirement, above and beyond education efforts?
QUESTION 3: The majority of Pennsylvania residents want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. One way to ensure that they don’t have to move from their homes is to redirect spending away from more costly nursing home care and into home and community based services (HCBS). How will you help expand Pennsylvania seniors’ access to quality services provided at home and in the community?
QUESTION 4: Telehealth helps older adults, people with disabilities, those with language access issues, and all Pennsylvanians access health and home and community care in new ways and makes it easier for family caregivers to care for their loved ones. What would you do to help family caregivers and their loved ones have greater access to telehealth?