Two federal programs help states provide a broad range of social services important to older adults.
States should ensure consumers have adequate redress in the event of fraud.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Funeral Rule should be updated to better protect consumers, increase oversight, and promote competition among funeral homes.
The FTC should adopt minimum standards for prepaid funeral contracts. These are sometimes called preneed funeral contracts.
States should prohibit unfair, deceptive, or abusive sales practices.
Cemeteries should be required to:
States should establish standards for natural burial grounds that encourage environmentally sustainable and ethical practices.
Congress should fund the CPSC at appropriate levels.
Policymakers and the private sector should support the ability of people of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds to travel.
Travel should be safe, including during declared public health crises. During such times, travel providers should be required to put in place and publicize safety protocols.