Tell Politicians What it's Like to Walk "In My Shoes"

Posted on 09/28/22

Are candidates listening to voters 50+? Do they understand their concerns?

We’ve heard from thousands of people who told us about their day-to-day lives --sharing about the stress they feel about the future. They are unable to save enough for retirement or dipping into nest eggs just to pay for everyday expenses. Many Hawai`i residents pay thousands out of their own pockets to care for their loved ones while also juggling jobs, often without paid leave.

Voters 50+ have a lot on their plates and are feeling invisible and ignored. Here in Hawai`i, we know kupuna are worried about rising costs for basic needs like food, gas and medication.

“Maybe if they see what they go through and even some of what we do just to get by, they may understand our situation better and more,” said Em, a Hawaii resident, told us.

“Stress every single day: Social Security doesn’t cover the true cost of living,” said Debbie, another Hawai`i resident.

With just weeks left until the mid-term election, it’s more urgent than ever for candidates to listen to this powerful constituency -- to understand what it’s like to walk in their shoes -- and focus on the issues that matter to them.

50+ voters here in Hawaii will decide this election and they're looking for candidates who will listen. Politicians ignore them at their own risk.

Tell candidates about what it’s like to walk in your shoes. Visit aarp.org/inmyshoes today.

This story is provided by AARP Hawaii. Visit the AARP Hawaii page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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