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tv   Interview with Jo- Ann Jenkins  CSPAN  November 27, 2016 8:46pm-9:01pm EST

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aging", joanne jenkins who also serves as ceo of aarp. ms. jenkin >> 60 is the new 40? >> data is not true 50 is the new 50 and looks good that is what a.j. is allar about the way aging is changing by 60 is not the new 40 the 50th is the new
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50 and that is okay and we should be comfortable that middle age is well beyond 60 or 65 to increase longevity living 20 or 30 years longer than they ever anticipated, . >> host: what does that mean public policy bias? >> hugis huge implications not only in the united states but around the of world when social security was put in place 80 years ago life expectancy or, work worked expectancy was 62, and you bled diary as 67 or 68. today the fastest-growing age group rose those over 85 and second is over 100 so we are living 30 years longer than the grandparents did.
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if we think of public paula c. social security and medicare and mobility and brainpower that is just sitting there in their 60's and 70's and 80's i read get society engaged perplex. >> host: wire reliving longer correct. >> i think it has to do with advances in medicine and technology and hopefully eating healthier and exercising. people who have better eating habits that are mentally active will live long durand did you feel better research said you were zero live another sixers seven your's longerf if you have meaning or purpose so at adds up to the
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increased longevity. >> host: over half of all households have absolutely no retirement savings social security provides most of that for about half of the households 65 and older. >> with huge implications then i home town over 50 percent of those who rely on social security the payments are less than 13,000 per year i don't know anybody who can live on that . it is an opportunity to rethink the policies to look at increased longevity end the day that we build out communities those large mansions when they have built over the last 15 years y so many want to downsize or
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relocate but it is too big and knees to be retrofitted so how do we build a housing community that lives with us from all life stages so we don't have to move?ticipate what is good for the old is good for the young as we do research like sidewalks was mo mothers with strollers at access what was good for the elderly are disabilities had the same effect on young mothers who would try to use strollers. it is an ageless society with long-term solutions to help all of us as we age. >> host: is there a policy aarp would like to see done with social security? >> we have spent very
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engaged i think it is to get the candidates to focus to tell us how they will make sure social security is not only there but adequate we are following both candidates around we will be at the debate on monday toet see if we can get the social security question announced but it is important for the social support system to not let the problems linger. we all know we have to make adjustments for it to be here not only for kids but, the kids kids. >> host: how is aarp set up? there is the insurance aspect is not for profit? >> is a nonprofit we also have the foundation that is
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the charitable arm thatur focuses solely to serve the s needs of those across of country and a for-profitis company that provides insurance i like to remind people of our founder who was the first female principle in the state of california went to visit a friend that she heard was ill and found her living in a chicken coop in somebody's backyard so she went to 42 insurance companies trying to get them to provide anpl insurance plan for the retired teachers so this woman started a a erp so here i am following in her footsteps of first permanent
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woman to be in the job since the founder. >> host: to be socially unacceptable to ignore or ridicule or stereotype based on gender reiser sexual orientation or race and also age. >> added is so profound we still allow canadians we make jokes about our own age if it is your birthday it is over the hill so my thought is why do we still allow this in judge how old they are rather than what they bring to the table? so we're trying to focus on the positive aspects and 50 today is very different fromdi 20 years ago. i know be coming into this role as ceo one of the reasons i wrote the book i
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then what a very different 57 and people would say you should be retired or at home but let people decide how they want to age to stay active or retired aarpcause dropped retired persons about 13 years ago because they are not retired they want to stay active whether full-time work part-time forin volunteering that is what aging is all about letting people decide how to live their lives. the and to figure out how to engage this community to provide support services in our schools. >> host: how has the workforce changed?
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>> some companies today have five generations working in the perforce out one time that is very different andat unique in what we are finding people in their 50s and older have more things like with millennial stand any other generation. eighty-five% when asked who a short best friend 85% say their parent because they are influencing each other's purchasing power and decisions they make in life we know the economy is changing and people used toor have wandered to differentes places they would work man all they will have tedder 15 -- 10 or 15 so now people
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will be doing more self-employed project basedactuy projects that it goes very well and for those who are 50 and over who may not want to work and be full-time but tuesday engage with projects, ma with project based employment that will hot huge implications for a the workforce of the future andti how being gauged in the workplace at the same time i like to say it is the necks phase of diversity so here
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we are 16 years later the goal in 2001 was to haveve 5,000 people now we haveth over 100,000. but we see on these floors i fully expect that target but it is an exciting time for booklover's mother in paperback and to come full circle.
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>> host: you have worked at the department of transportation and the library of congress how did of you get to washington quick. >> by a board does small town as a political science major i had to do internships and became to washington. i went home and graduated then came back to work for the reagan campaign and i have been in this town since 1980 and i am very fortunate to work with the number of people in this town with the executive branch and the legislative branch. >> host: ceo of a arp author of disk but aging. . .
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i'm really excited as you can see. i'm going to ask you some questions. you could have written so many different books. why this one? >> guest: i've done this one

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