Consumer spending is responsible for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic output.
Passing responsibilities down to lower levels of government should be undertaken primarily to place services closer to the people being served and to maximize administrative
Policymakers should expand opportunities for people to volunteer in their communities. This includes older adults and people with disabilities.
When economic conditions permit, states should accumulate budget reserves adequate to maintain services during recessions.
Deficit-reduction efforts should avoid cuts in programs that serve low- and moderate-income populations.
The federal government must strive for long-term fiscal balance.
Policymakers should protect consumers against unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices.
Policymakers and the private sector should ensure that products, services, and emerging technologies are created using universal design principles.
Policymakers and the private sector should ensure that the benefits of the sharing economy extend to older adults and traditionally underserved market populations.
Individual homeowners, particularly older homeowners, should be able to generate income by renting out their properties on a short-term basis.