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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; the AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50 + educators; and our website, www.aarp.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

John Hishta: In honor of my grandmother … and future generations

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Exactly one year ago, AARP launched a campaign to put the spotlight on Social Security in the 2016 presidential election. This mission had special meaning for me because of Social Security’s role in my own family. When I was growing up in Syracuse, New York, my grandmother moved in with us. She was a widow, and she didn’t have much. But she never wanted to be a burden. Social Security made it possible for her to chip in with household expenses. And…

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AARP: ‘Longevity Economy’ accounts for $7.6 trillion in U.S., study shows

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On Monday, AARP released the 2016 Longevity Economy report, an in-depth look at how our nation’s population of 111 million 50-plus consumers are impacting the U.S. economy. According to the report, the 50-plus age groups generates $7.6 trillion in economic activity (a $500 million increase from 2013), including $5 trillion in consumer spending by people 50-plus. This increase reflects the shifting demographic and spending patterns of this group due to longer life spans and prolonged employment. The 50-plus cohort represents…

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AARP: Take A Stand on Social Security

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Social Security is one of the most important programs in our nation, holding the health, happiness and well-being for people of all ages. As people become older and are living longer, they are more likely to outlive other forms of retirement income. The Social Security program not only provides monthly benefits to retired workers but also to families when the worker retires, dies or becomes disabled. AARP’s national accountability campaign “Take a Stand” is well underway in Florida, and our…

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AARP poll: Florida women voters age 50-plus overwhelmingly want fast Social Security update

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Florida women voters overwhelmingly favor fast action to update Social Security and keep it strong for their children and grandchildren, according to a new AARP poll of women voters nationwide and in Florida. Overwhelmingly, 74 percent of women voters 50-plus agreed Congress and the next president should act immediately on Social Security, while 53 percent said they would be impacted if the program is not updated by 2034, when beneficiaries could face a cut of nearly a quarter of their…

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AARP: Social Security celebrates 81 years!

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That’s a birthday we celebrate with pride — and I hope you take a minute to sign our birthday card! But it’s also a timely reminder that action is needed. If our leaders fail to update Social Security, future retirees could face benefit cuts of nearly 25 percent. Think about that! A cut that large would send shock waves around the country. It would hurt millions of people and push many into poverty. It would take away money people need…

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AARP Florida, League of Women Voters to sponsor candidate ‘Community Conversation’ Aug. 16

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AARP Florida, the Florida League of Women Voters, the Orlando Sentinel and FOX 35 will sponsor a “community conversation” Aug. 16 that will offer area residents an unusual chance to focus on where candidates for three Orlando-area seats in Congress stand on key domestic issues ahead of the Aug. 30 primary elections, organizers of the event said Monday. “With so much attention focused on national political campaigns today, many voters are just now starting to focus on where candidates for…

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AARP: It’s time to ‘Take a Stand’ on Social Security

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It’s hard to believe, but Election Day is right around the corner – and the candidates are hunting for your vote. But as they roll out the same speeches and soundbites about important issues like the future of Social Security, it seems like many have forgotten what’s really at stake here: Your money, your future, and the futures of your children and grandchildren. Social Security is one of the most important programs in our nation, holding the health, happiness and…

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