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Previous & Recorded Events

The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) regularly organizes events that bring together the nation's leading experts to discuss policy options for addressing major problems facing older Americans.

The Dynamism of Short-Term Savings 

The health and economic ramifications of COVID-19 have increased the urgency of finding and scaling solutions to boost the financial stability and security of US households. Research from the AARP Public Policy Institute demonstrates that being able to build even modest liquid savings can help buffer individuals in times of financial uncertainty. And new findings from Aspen Institute Financial Security Program and the Consumer Insights Collaborative make clear that people’s ability to build, use, and replenish savings helps families be financially resilient against shocks and allows them to invest in family well-being and economic mobility. 

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Which Older Adults Have Access to America's Most Livable Neighborhoods? 

Do older adults in the US have equal access to highly livable neighborhoods? What makes a neighborhood livable, and to what extent does access vary by income, race, or ethnicity? In this special session, a new report from the Joint Center for Housing studies at Harvard University and AARP is released which examines the AARP Livability Index and finds that access to the most livable communities is not equitable, especially for older adults, and particularly for lower-income older adults and older communities of color.

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Diversifying the Nursing Workforce to Achieve Health Equity

Diversifying the Nursing Workforce  to Achieve Health Equity is the first in a series of virtual convenings with the goal of engaging a range of stakeholders, including consumer, business and health care organizations, on improving our nation’s health equity through a more diverse nursing work force.

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Webinar Series for Hospital Leaders

AARP Public Policy Institute led a national conversation with hospital leaders about how to better recognize and support family caregivers, especially the 20 million providing complex care at home.

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Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 Virtual Release

AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving hosted a virtual release of Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 on June 2, 2020 at 3:00 ET.  Leading caregiving experts and advocates presented study findings, and how they inspire an opportunity for the public and private sectors to work together to develop solutions to support family caregivers and those under their care. 

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State Progress: Family Caregivers in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS)

While states are increasingly integrating family caregivers into their managed long-term services and supports programs, room for progress remains, a new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute finds. Now, a free author-led recorded webinar shares further insights from that report, “Recognition of Family Caregivers in Managed Long-Term Care Services and Supports,” and the research it comes from. 

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Affordable In-Law Suites and Backyard Bungalows

Only July 17, 2019, AARP national housing experts hosted a livestream event sharing insights into the latest ADU design options and stories from families who are taking advantage of this growing and innovative solution. National designers, community leaders, and aging experts also shared insights on how to take advantage of this affordable housing option. As a part of the event, AARP released an ADU design catalog to help homeowners, designers and others navigate how to create this new space in their home.  

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Future of Transportation

The transportation sector is experiencing major disruption; in fact, it's only the beginning.  And, autonomous vehicles are just one potential disruptor in a shift involving the entire transportation ecosystem.  Change, however, can either unfold haphazardly with negative consequences, or we can harness it through sound policy and planning to realize a desired vision.  AARP policy thought leader Jana Lynott will articulate a vision of transportation to manage the disruptive forces, leading to a more equitable and sustainable transportation future.  

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Employee Perspectives on Emergency Savings Programs

The AARP Public Policy Institute fielded a national survey to test the appeal of a payroll-deduction rainy day savings program among employees. The survey also identified the program features that are most important to workers. On September 20, 2018, leading behavioral economist Warren Cormier reviewed the survey findings. A discussion with providers and policy experts followed.

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Are Communities Becoming More Livable?

PPI presents findings from analysis of new data incorporated into an updated version of the AARP Livability Index, a tool that measures aspects of community life that best support people at any life stage, and showcases the features and functions of the tool. The event also includes a panel of speakers who discuss their efforts to improve livability in their communities.

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Picking Up the Pace of Change: Scorecard Event Highlights – AARP Public Policy Institute

Event highlights from a report release looking at state performance for the delivery of long-term services and supports (LTSS).

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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. 

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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. 
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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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. 

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Solutions Forum: Promising Ideas for Medicare

Wide-ranging perspectives on how to lower costs and improve care in Medicare. 

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The Future of Transportation: An On24 Webinar

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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.
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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