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Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life

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June 23rd 2014:Living Longer Than Ever: The AARP’s Debra Whitman on the Future of Aging

Today, the average person in the United States lives nearly ten years longer than he or she would have 50 years ago. What does that extra decade at the end of life look like? What are the implications of a longer life span on families, the health care system, retirement planning, government benefits and more? Now that retirement lasts not just a few years but is a whole new life phase extending a decade or two (or three!), how should middle-aged adults prepare for this era of life? Companies, government agencies and individuals are making changes to adjust but there’s more work to do to ensure

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Debra Bailey Whitman

Debra Bailey Whitman is AARP’s Executive Vice President, Policy, Strategy and International Affairs. She is an authority on aging issues with extensive experience in national policymaking, research, and the political process. She oversees AARP’s Public Policy Institute and several other offices. She works closely with the board and National Policy Council on a broad agenda to develop AARP policy priorities and make life better for older Americans. As staff director for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, she worked to increase retirement security, preserve a strong system of Social Security, lower the cost of health care and make the pharmaceutical industry more transparent. From 200
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