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Welcome to the AARP Public Policy Institute. This month we are highlighting our health research, which includes a focus on pharmaceutical products and older adults. A recent report, Novel Anticoagulants Achieve Rapid Market Penetration despite Higher Costs, documents how novel anticoagulants, known to consumers as Pradaxa, Xarelto and Eliquis, quickly displaced warfarin to prevent stroke among patients with atrial fibrillation. It also details the correlating spike in spending for these drugs, and the heavy costs borne by Medicare and private plans – well before these new drugs became the recommended treatment. READ MORE

Another recent study concludes that older adults with dementia are too often prescribed two different drugs that, in combination, result in more falls, fractures and traumatic brain injury. Concurrent Anticholinergic and Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor Drug Use Among Older Adults with Dementia: Commonly Done; Never Advised analyzes prescribing data and finds that 29 percent of people age 65+ taking AChEI drugs for dementia were concurrently prescribed anticholinergic drugs, which are widely prescribed to treat a variety of conditions including Parkinson’s Disease. READ MORE

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. Learn more about our heath and other issue areas below. 



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.

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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