Happy New Year! 2011 brings with it a new era for America – the official retirement of the Baby Boomer generation. This year, an average of 7,000 Boomers a day will celebrate their 65th birthday. Now more than ever it is critical to advocate for the programs and services that allow seniors to age in place.
The Elder Economic Security Initiative (Initiative) has a host of plans to advocate on behalf of our growing senior population this year. First, we are excited to launch the Initiative in Washington and Colorado in the first half of the year. Our additional new states, Iowa, North Carolina and South Dakota, will follow thereafter. Our new state partners have already begun spreading the word about the Initiative. In fact, the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans recently placed an op-ed about the project in the Des Moines Register.
Issue areas the Initiative is focusing on this year include the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, Social Security and health care reform, specifically the implementation of CLASS (the long-term care insurance program) under the Affordable Care Act. Later in the spring, we will host our third annual blog day – a day-long online advocacy event aimed to engage as many people as possible about economic security.
So, stay tuned for this and much more in 2011!