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The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) promotes the development of sound, creative policies to address our common need for economic security, health care, and quality of life. Two initiatives created to help more Americans build financial security are housed in PPI. Both offer feasible and consumer-friendly ideas for policy makers and the private sector.

Emergency Savings. Too many households do not have enough savings to cover an unexpected expense, such as a car repair or emergency room visit. But research shows that even a small savings cushion could prevent families from being trapped in a harmful cycle of debt, or from depleting their retirement savings to pay for common emergencies. In response, a growing number of employers and financial services providers are incorporating emergency savings into their employee financial wellness programs. Our research is helping shape those programs. 

The State Retirement Resource Center. Currently, nearly half of the American workforce does not have the option to save at work for retirement through a payroll deduction, but the majority would likely participate if one were offered. Further, when individuals save for retirement they are less likely to rely on public assistance programs later in life, which can benefit a state’s fiscal health. The Center is a one-stop resource for data, information, public opinion research related to state legislation, program design, specific focus areas, and implementation of retirement savings plans for private sector workers.



We collaborate with other organizations to find policy solutions for problems facing older Americans. Some of these major initiatives include: a focus on jobs, unemployment and work opportunities for the 50-plus; an effort to change the way health care organizations and professionals interact with family caregivers; and a near decade-long push to transform health and health care through nursing.


Our experts cover a wide range of issues from Social Security and Medicare to health reform, livable communities, consumer protection, long-term care, caregiving, financial security and more.

AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard

AARP fought for public reporting of nursing home COVID-19 cases and deaths. Using this data, the AARP Public Policy Institute, in collaboration with the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio, created the AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard.



AARP’s DataExplorer is an interactive data visualization tool for data on the 50-plus. Accessible to all, users select indicators, such as income, health, location, race or many more, and create a customized, downloadable visualization. Give it a try!

About AARP Public Policy Institute

The Public Policy Institute is the focal point of public policy analysis and development at AARP. We work to design policies that help improve life for older Americans.

Livability Index

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AARP Public Policies

Learn about AARP’s policy positions and our policy development process.

The Public Policy Institute is home to the Center to Champion Nursing in America, a joint initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The center coordinates the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a nationwide initiative of those same organizations to transform health and health care through nursing.

Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard

This scorecard ranks each state on its ability to provide long-term services and supports for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers, with the goal of improving service delivery and lives.

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AARP Public Policy Institute experts  blog about the issues they cover, from financial security and Medicare to livable communities and long-term services and supports. Read the latest.

Susan Reinhard is senior vice president and director of AARP Public Policy Institute. Read her latest blogs on family caregiving, healthy living, nursing and more. Read Susan's Blogs