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The Public Policy Institute promotes the development of sound, creative policies to address our common need for economic security, health care, and quality of life.

In February and March, AARP takes a closer look at “The Good Life After 50.” The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities helps cities, towns, and states prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population. Many residents and officials in these communities and beyond use the Public Policy Institute’s Livability Index, which scores towns and cities throughout the nation for the services and amenities that impact your life the most. This tool can help people find well-designed, livable communities that promote health and sustain economic growth, making for happier, healthier residents of all ages. Learn more here.

   

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Our Issues

Social Security. Medicare. Health costs. Consumer fraud. Caregiving. Aging in your community. Find analysis and perspectives on these and other issues from experts at AARP Public Policy Institute.

We regularly convene forums and other gatherings for leading experts to discuss policy options for addressing major problems facing older Americans.

 

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Initiatives

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.

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Experts

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.

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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.

Livability Index

How livable is your community?

   

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Data

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!

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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.

   

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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.

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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

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.