There is a pressing need for our presidential and congressional candidates to declare a commitment toward updating and saving Social Security. Doing nothing to keep Social Security strong and solvent is not an option. If our nation’s leaders don’t act, future retirees could lose up to $10,000 a year.

This is an issue that affects hundreds of millions of US citizens today, but it will greatly impact our kids and grandkids. Do we want to be the generation that left the country in worse shape than it was handed to us? Every year our leaders wait and do nothing, finding a solution grows more difficult.

It’s going to take leadership from the next president and a commitment from Congress to update Social Security so future generations get the money they’ve earned. People work hard and pay into Social Security, in fact 170 million Americans do, and it’s their money.

That is why AARP is urging the candidates for details on their plans for Social Security. The program needs to be updated for the 21st century and we are also calling on the candidates for Congress and Senate here in Connecticut to take action.

Soundbites aren’t good enough. Voters and the news media have to ask tough questions and demand answers from our candidates.

During this campaign for the Congress, we are asking the candidates for office to take action to update Social Security so it is financially sound and provides adequate income for current and future generations. Answers to this question will be posted on the AARP Take A Stand website ( in September, along with a link to any content a candidate has about Social Security on their own website.

We are calling for a commitment from congressional candidates to update Social Security. We urge all congressional candidates to engage voters in a conversation about the future of Social Security so future generations get the money they’ve earned.

Nora Duncan is state director of AARP Connecticut. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives, with offices in every state as well as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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