AARP asked that we respond to statements regarding a wide variety of issues. The following will be published in the AARP Bulletin:
We believe wellness and prevention efforts, including changes in personal behavior such as diet and exercise, should be top national priorities.
"The key to good health is individual choice and people need to take personal responsibility for these choices. As President I would encourage the health community to continue their efforts to inform Americans of the benefits of diet and exercise. Living healthy increases an individual’s quality of life and reduces their health care costs."
We believe Americans should have choices when it comes to long-term care – allowing them to maintain their independence at home or in their communities with expanded and affordable financing options.
"All Americans should be able to decide on how best to care for themselves, and it should be affordable and pragmatic."
We believe Americans of all ages should have access to tools to help manage their finances, and save for the future and better, easy to understand information to help them increase their financial literacy and manage their money wisely.
"Americans of all ages should have such tools available to them and the last I looked, you could find it on every other corner of most towns, in cities, in the local banks and other financial institutions. Additionally, considering the job the federal government has done in managing the finances of our nation, I would suggest it is in best interest of Americans to get this information from the private sector."