The Covid pandemic has affected tens of millions of older Americans and been central to AARP’s work over the past two years, says Jo Ann Jenkins, chief executive of the advocacy organization.
AARP has worked to ensure that health issues are addressed and the needs of nursing homes residents are front and center, says Jenkins, 64, who oversees almost 2,300 staffers at AARP, which represents nearly 38 million American members ages 50 and up.
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Many older Americans had to retire early during the crisis, and AARP is working to ensure they’re prepared for new economy jobs if they return to the workforce, and that employers view them as a key workforce component, she says. It’s also striving to protect Social Security and ensure that older Americans were included in stimulus payments, Jenkins says.
Annette Franqui, chairwoman of AARP’s board of directors, says, “Under Jo Ann’s leadership, AARP has been an advocacy powerhouse on pocketbook issues that mattered most to older Americans during the pandemic.”
Jenkins sits on the World Economic Forum Stewardship Board for the Centre for the New Economy and Society, and also is the Board of Governors co-chair for the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare.
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