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AARP Brings Strong Presence at the Annual Aging in America Conference


Last week, AARP experts and thought leaders participated in the nation’s largest aging-issues event, the American Society on Aging’s Aging in America Conference. Experts from the AARP Public Policy Institute, AARP International, AARP Research, the Global Council on Brain Health, and the Office of Policy Development and Integration shared fresh perspectives and insights, innovative trends, and cutting-edge data, research and commentary.    

We also demonstrated some of our latest research and online interactive tools such as the AARP DataExplorer, AARP Livability Index, the Age Readiness and Competiveness report and the 2017 Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard. Particularly with the major demographic shift on the horizon, these tools will play an important role in illuminating how fostering a healthy, more engaged and productive aging population is essential to building a prosperous global future.      

During the conference, our daily blog posts highlighted several of AARP’s presentations, discussions and groundbreaking work featured at the event.

For a social media recap, check out #AiA18.



"Planning for Aging" is Taking Off

One of the most exciting developments in the livable communities movement is the increasing collaboration between aging professionals and planners—professionals who shape the form and function of future communities. Some incredible progress was made on this front at the 2018 Livable Communities for All Ages (LCA) Summit in San Francisco March 29, 2018. Learn more in the latest blog.


People, Professionals and Public Health Take Cognitive Aging Head-On

The music of the 80’s and 90’s rock band Blondie blasted throughout the meeting hall in anticipation of the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) riveting conference session on cognitive brain health about to get underway. Attendees hustled to their seats to the tune of those famous Blondie song lyrics, One way or another-- we’re gonna -- getcha, getcha, getcha…..

Yes, the blaring sounds resembled the high-voltage, recorded music that always pulses through the speakers before the headliner comes onstage at a rock show—and in fact, the session was highly anticipated (okay, not as much as a Stones show, admittedly). But the music also had a point. Session moderator Sarah Lenz Lock, Senior Vice President for Policy Development and Integration and Executive Director for the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), explained the reason behind the tune. “Why are we hearing this music?” she asked. “Because it reminds us cognitive aging is going to get us all one way or another.  We all want to stop that or at least decrease it from happening.” Learn more in the latest blog.


Diversity Within: Conference Session Illuminates Asian American and Pacific Islander Study

The city of San Francisco, the setting for the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Aging in America Conference, is all about diversity. More than a third (34%) of the total population in San Francisco is Asian/Pacific Islander (according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey), and even within that community, diversity is the key word. In fact, diversity within the Asian community is true across America as well. The ASA conference presented a rich opportunity to share recent findings from the National Asian American Survey, one of the first of its kind. Learn more in the latest blog.


Leadership Longevity Awards: AARP’s Public Policy Institute Recognized for Ad Council Campaign Featuring Male Caregivers    

It was a night of celebration from the moment the 15th Annual Longevity Leadership Awards got underway Wednesday evening at the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, where the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) annual conference is happening. As this year’s six awardees were announced, the Golden Gate Bridge shimmered off the bay in the sunset.    

AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI) took honors in garnering the award for Leadership Media & Innovation for its collaboration with AARP Media and the Ad Council on the PSA Campaign “Breaking Stereotypes: Spotlight on Male Caregivers.” The groundbreaking campaign, featuring actor Danny Trejo, shows men as caregivers for aging loved ones. Learn more in the latest blog.


Building an Age Friendly U.S.: Good Ideas Have No Borders

The American Society on Aging’s (ASA) annual conference got off to a roaring start Monday as an expected 3,000 attendees from around the world descended upon San Francisco to foster greater collaboration and sharing of advances in supporting an ever-expanding aging population.

Moderated by John Feather, CEO of Grant Makers in Aging, the distinguished panel identified best practices and lessons learned from how other countries are implementing ways to create age-friendly communities. The findings are based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) designated eight areas for measuring a community’s age friendliness, from outdoor spaces and transportation to housing and social engagement. Learn more in the latest blog.


American Society on Aging Conference, Up Close: Achieving a High Performing System in Long-Term Services and Supports

As more than 3,000 leaders and professionals in the field of aging gather in San Francisco for the 2018 Aging in America conference, addressing the needs of the aging population and the number of people living with disabilities will be top of mind. That’s more important than ever. 

Our session at ASA will share key findings and updates from the third Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard to inform and empower people—ranging from policy makers and other stakeholders to members of the public—on a range of strategies they can use to make a meaningful impact and support people’s independence and desire to remain in their homes and communities. This session takes place on March 27 at 9:00am EST in Golden Gate 7 (Lobby Level) at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Learn more in the latest blog by Susan ReinhardJean Accius and Ari Houser.


Connecting Expectation and Reality: The Home Alone Alliance Takes Center Stage at Aging in America

At this week’s Aging in America, the national conference of the American Society on Aging, the Public Policy Institute and its key partners will showcase this through our work to support family caregivers, specifically those who perform complex medical/nursing tasks. Our session takes place on March 27 at 3:00PM EST in room Union Square 25.

Our session at ASA will focus on two key initiatives designed to support family caregivers who perform complex care tasks: The National CARE Act Scan, and the Home Alone AllianceSM. Learn more in the latest blog by Susan ReinhardRita Choula and Brendan Flinn


Public Policy Institute’s Thought Leadership on Full Display at Major ASA Conference

A strong contingent of AARP Public Policy Institute thought leaders will present at the American Society on Aging’s annual conference, and that's emblematic of PPI's thought leadership. Learn about the array of PPI speakers and topics in the latest blog from AARP Senior Vice President and PPI Director Susan Reinhard.

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Long-Term Services & Supports State Scorecard

A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers


Livability Index

How livable is your community?

Previous Forums

PPI regularly organizes AARP Solutions Forums that bring together the nation's leading experts to discuss policy options for addressing major problems facing older Americans.

Sign up online to attend forthcoming PPI Solutions Forums on major public policy issues.

Solutions Forum: Social Isolation- An Important Health and Public Health Issue and a Significant Cost to Medicare

Social isolation has been shown to lead to poor health and even premature death. New research just published by the AARP Public Policy Institute finds that isolation also increases health care costs: a lack of social contacts among older adults is associated with an estimated $6.7 billion in additional Medicare spending annually.

This event, hosted by the AARP Public Policy Institute, was a discussion of social isolation’s effects on individuals’ health, its impact on Medicare spending, and potential policy solutions to address social isolation and its consequences.  In addition, panelists discussed how social isolation became recognized as a major public health concern in the UK and how the issue can be better recognized in the US. Also discussed were current efforts by the AARP Foundation and Medicare Advantage plans to address the issue. View this forum archive

Solutions Forum: Housing for Tomorrow

The Atlantic convened a public forum to discuss whether a new kind of housing bubble is starting to simmer and what options are emerging to address this growing urgency for many Americans. 
View this forum archive

Solutions Forum: The Economic Case for Tapping the Full Potential of Nurses

Business and health care leaders discussed how their industries can more effectively utilize nurses to improve care and contain costs. Dr. Mark McClellan of the Brookings Institution and former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided the keynote address. 
View this forum archive


Solutions Forum: Release of New State Scorecard

PPI released Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers. The Scorecard ranks states on their effectiveness delivering LTSS.  
View this forum archive


Solutions Forum: What’s Preventing Prevention?

Preventive services were a priority in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which required that a set of services be available to consumers with no cost sharing. This has improved access for some people to some services. But persistent barriers for consumers are limiting the utilization of preventive services. Cosponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform. 
View this forum archive


Solutions Forum: Modernizing Medicaid

This forum explored modernizing Medicaid to enable people who need long-term services and supports to live where they choose, including their own homes and communities. 
View this forum archive


Solutions Forum: Promising Ideas for Medicare

Wide-ranging perspectives on how to lower costs and improve care in Medicare. 
View this forum archive


Sign up online to attend PPI Solutions Forums.


Previous Events


The Future of Transportation: An On24 Webinar

Watch the Archived Webinar

We’ve all heard about the impending arrival of driverless vehicles. And already, new transportation models like Uber and Lyft are changing the way we get around.

You need to know about these trends. And you also need to know about a world of other transportation shifts potentially on the horizon. For the urbanites out there, what revolutionary changes are in store for public transit? And how do rural areas stand to benefit from new transportation models? Further, what about the fans of good old-fashioned horsepower? Cars as we know them, after all, fit into our American fabric like the gears in an old Ford.

Finally, what, challenges and drawbacks may confront us in this brave new world?

Watch the hour-long conversation about the transportation issues that will impact our communities and the people who live in them. Experts discuss  driverless cars and reach beyond that into the various components of the transportation sector.

Hashing through the issues are two accomplished AARP Public Policy Institute experts with very different backgrounds when it comes to this topic.
Watch it here


2017 CARE Act Summit

November 8-9, 2017

Archived LiveStream

This summit celebrated the CARE Act’s many successes thus far, shared learnings and highlighted promising practices from the law’s implementation, and discussed potential next steps in research and advocacy. Participants included AARP staff, the research community, family caregivers, health systems and hospitals, policymakers, managed care plans and other key stakeholders.

Presented by the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) and the State Advocacy and Strategy Integration (SASI) team. 

Savings Innovation Forum

May 4, 2017
Event highlights

How can we accelerate promising strategies to expand saving among low- and moderate-income households? This unique gathering sparked conversation between veterans of the asset building field and emerging service providers and thought leaders about opportunities to improve the nation’s financial health. Participants discussed new approaches that bridge sectors, consider short- and long-term savings horizons, and put people at the center of product and program design.

The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Live Webcast

THE AGING WORKFORCE: Challenges and Benefits for the Public's Health

Thursday, February 11, 2016

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the country's population aged 65 and over is projected to be more than 83 million in 2050 -- almost double the estimated population of 43 million in 2012. This Forum will examine how the growing, greying labor force impacts workplaces and economic and health security, including retirement savings efforts and systems such as Social Security and Medicare. The discussion also will explore what it means to age productively and healthily, with a particular emphasis on the value of working, volunteering and keeping cognitive skills sharp.

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AARP’s Chief Public Policy Officer, Dr. Debra Whitman, Ph.D. presents during the

General Session at the American Planners Association Conference in Boston, MA

Featuring AARP/FPA Social Security Research Results – What role does Social Security play in pre-retiree/retiree retirement planning? Do consumers know important claiming strategies and are they taking advantage of them? How are planners helping their clients address Social Security in retirement? These and other questions are the focus of new research being conducted by AARP and FPA. This panel discussion will explore the results of this new, original research and delve into the key takeaways to help planners and their clients address this ultra-important issue in retirement planning. CNBC’s Sharon Epperson will moderate and the panel will feature Dave Yeske, CFP® – Director of Financial Planning and Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University and Practitioner Editor of the Journal of Financial Planning; Thomas L. Hungerford, Ph.D. – Associate Commissioner, Office of Retirement Policy at the Social Security Administration; and Dr. Debra Whitman, Ph.D. – Chief Public Policy Officer at AARP.

Care Coordination in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

Older people and adults with disabilities, particularly those with care needs, can benefit from care coordination. Care coordinators are typically nurses or social workers who can help with tasks such as monitoring chronic health conditions, connecting them to social supports, conducting assessments, and writing plans of care. The field is changing rapidly as many states move to or expand Medicaid managed care for its populations needing long-term services and supports (LTSS). Details

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Senior Vice President Susan Reinhard blogs about recent reports and topics such as caregiving and nursing. Read Susan's Blog