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Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.
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Dr. Whitman is an authority on aging issues with extensive experience in policymaking, domestic and international research and the political process. As AARP’s Executive Vice President for Policy, Strategy and International Affairs, she leads policy development in retirement security, health care, consumer protections and other issues.

Entries by Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

Pay Attention to Investment Fees: A Tiny Change Can Mean Thousands by Retirement

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 12:02 PM

One of the many things I admire about my husband is that he is very frugal. We met when he was a first-year teacher and he wooed me by telling me that he maxed out his contributions to his retirement account. For the last 25 years, he has continued to...

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Time to Let the Sunshine In

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:35 PM

By AARP Executive Vice President Debra Whitman, Ph.D. and AARP Director of Health Services Research Leigh Purvis

Starting today, AARP members and consumers of all ages will be able to get a better idea of what may be driving their health care provider's decisions thanks to...

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Not Everyone Is Living Longer

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 11:35 AM

When it is unveiled in the coming weeks, the Social Security Trustees report will no doubt prompt the program's critics to call for change, as it does each year. And one of their suggestions will likely be to raise the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare...

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Expensive New Hepatitis C Drug Raises Alarms

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 2:05 PM

This is a joint blog post by Leigh Purvis and Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis C virus. It currently affects more than three million Americans, many of whom do not know that they...

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Why We Must Support Caregivers

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 6:38 PM

Imagine your day goes something like this:

You get up, get dressed, cook breakfast, make bag lunches for the kids, drop the kids off at school, rush to work, prepare for a big meeting, call to check in on your mom during lunch, go to your meeting, schedule your...

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It's Time to Boost Retirement Savings -- And Dramatically

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 11:33 AM

"Save your money for a rainy day" may be an old cliché. But in an era of declining retirement security, you ignore the old adage at your peril.

Unfortunately, most people find it difficult to save enough -- if anything at all -- and society is missing out...

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7 Things You Need To Know About Your Finances If You're Turning 65

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 5:12 AM

Age 65 is not as special as it used to be. Mandatory retirement has long since vanished for most jobs. Social Security's Full Retirement Age is gradually rising to 67. Many 65-year-olds pursue active lifestyles that would have seemed fantastic in an earlier era.

Still, 65 does matter. It...

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5 Things You Need To Know About Your Finances If You're Turning 50

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 5:51 AM

Preparing for retirement may seem like a job for the far-off future -- like cleaning out the garage or sorting boxes in the attic. But if you care about your future (and who doesn't?), you really should pay attention to certain things sooner rather than later.

That in mind,...

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