— Participants Weigh in on Future of Program at AARP Forum HEMPSTEAD, New York – Long Islanders said the 2016 presidential candidates and campaign need to focus more on Social Security and its future, and they posed questions to experts today at an AARP Community Forum at Hofstra University just 11 days before the university hosts the first presidential debate of the 2016 campaign.  Hofstra Executive Dean for Suburban Studies Lawrence Levy and AARP’s Director of Financial Security & Consumer Affairs …

— Social Security was signed into law more than 80 years ago on August 14th and, as we celebrate its 81st birthday, it is important to consider how crucial this program is to all Mainers, particularly to Maine women. At the time of its passage in 1935, almost half of older Americans lived in poverty.  While first simply a retirement program, today, Social Security offers survivors’ benefits, benefits to a retiree’s spouse, and disability benefits. Social Security is the foundation of …

— While we at AARP New Hampshire have been putting our collective fists to the grindstone in preparation for our upcoming Community Tours (with Keene ready to launch in just a few days!) we’ve still found time to criss-cross the state and use these precious few weeks before the Election Day to our advantage! Speaking of Keene, we decided that we just couldn’t wait until the official start of our Community Tour and took a trip out there to have a …

— Just a week out from its September 13th primary election, the Granite State’s ever-present political ambiance is more palpable than ever. Add to that Take A Stand NH’s upcoming Community Tours, the fast approaching presidential debates and the (of course) the general election itself, and … well, let’s just say that our market savvy readers would be well advised to invest in coffee stocks from now until November 8th – our caffeine loving field team will do their best to …

— Greetings from your friends at AARP Maine! As we look to the fall, we are excited to share some updates as well as upcoming opportunities with you. In this issue of the e-newsletter you’ll learn more about AARP’s Take A Stand campaign. Across the country we are asking congressional and presidential candidates to Take A Stand on Social Security- we need bold leadership to shore up this important program for the long-term. Here in Maine, thousands of seniors rely on …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Topics of importance to Colorado residents, particularly those 50-plus, will be discussed at a series of town hall meetings hosted by AARP Colorado around the state this month. Each meeting will feature presentations about Social Security and state fiscal flexibility, a wrap-up of AARP’s efforts during the past legislative session, and an opportunity for members and the general public to discuss other concerns pertaining to the state’s older population, including issues at stake in the November elections. …

— By Larry Sussman Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate candidates, Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold, differ sharply on dealing with Social Security, Medicare and other issues of importance to older voters. The state’s voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to reelect Johnson, a Republican, or replace him with Feingold, a former three-term Democratic senator. The result of this hard-fought campaign may help determine which party controls the Senate. Johnson, 61, is a business owner who defeated Feingold in 2010 by about 105,000 votes. …

— By Laura Mecoy For the first time in modern political history, California will have no Republican U.S. Senate candidate on the Nov. 8 ballot. Voters will choose between two Democrats: U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez and state Attorney General Kamala Harris. They were the two top vote-getters in June under the 2011 Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act. That created a challenge for their campaigns to find differences on issues, even as the presidential race draws so much attention. “The Senate …

— By Natalie Missakian As Connecticut voters prepare to cast ballots on Nov. 8 for all five U.S. House seats and one in the Senate, AARP volunteers will be out in force at campaign events and forums to press candidates on their plans to fix Social Security. “We’re not going to just say to these candidates, ‘Please, take action.’ We’re going to demand leadership from them and the next president on this issue, because that’s the only way anything is going …

— By Benjamin Lanka Ohio voters will have a clear choice for senator on Nov. 8. Incumbent Rob Portman, 60, a Republican, and challenger Ted Strickland, 75, a former Democratic governor, offer different approaches on what should be done with Social Security and Medicare. Social Security will be a key issue for Congress, because unless it acts, the program will be able to pay only about 75 percent of promised benefits after 2034. AARP’s Take a Stand campaign is pressing presidential …