Political advocacy is a cornerstone of democracy. This includes the ability to lobby public officials. However, professional lobbyists may exert outsized influence on policymakers.
The following principles guide AARP’s efforts to increase the accountability of government officials, promote access, and encourage civic engagement.
Over the past few decades, employers have increasingly made changes to the structure of their workforce. For example, employers have outsourced work previously performed by full-time employees.
Civic engagement can take many forms: individual volunteerism, organizational development and leadership, public service, and electoral participation.
People of all ages and ability levels need safe, decent, and affordable housing that will enable them to continue living safely in their homes and communities as they get older.
Housing costs determine whether individuals and families can live in a neighborhood without sacrificing other basic necessities, such as food and health care.
A range of programs exists to address the lack of affordable housing. These programs are not nearly enough to meet the demand from those who are housing cost-burdened.
Almost 20 million households headed by someone age 50 and over are housing cost-burdened. That is, they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
On an average night in 2022, more than 580,000 adults and children experienced homelessness in the U.S.
Housing should meet the needs of all individuals, regardless of age and ability level.