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Ari Houser, MA

Senior Methods Advisor

Areas of Expertise

Research methods and statistics, demographics, disability, family caregiving, and use of formal long-term services and supports


Ari Houser has been part of the AARP Public Policy Institute since 2004. His work focuses on trends in demographics, disability, family caregiving, and the use of formal services. He has been the lead data analyst on the Across the States and Valuing the Invaluable series of publications on long-term services and supports and family caregiving, as well as the primary data analyst for the 2011 and 2014 State LTSS Scorecards. In addition, he provides methodological and statistical assistance across the Public Policy Institute.

Prior to coming to AARP, Mr. Houser worked at the Rand Corporation and taught courses in statistics and public policy. He has undergraduate degrees from Swarthmore College and an MA from the University of Maryland and is currently a PhD candidate in measurement, statistics, and evaluation at the University of Maryland.

In His Words

“Even after standardizing definitions, estimates of the economic value of caregiving can vary widely. The original Valuing the Invaluable report estimated an economic value of $354 billion in 2006, but we also showed that reasonable assumptions could place that value anywhere between $167 billion and $780 billion, with most of the variation due to decisions regarding the value per hour.” “Just How Valuable Is Family Caregiving,” AARP Blog, July 19, 2013

Selected Publications





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


Aging Demographics

One in Three Americans is Now 50 or Older

By 2030, one out of every five people in the United State will be 65-plus. Will your community be ready?

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