Listening to Seniors Provides Real Voice for Older Americans

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As the nation continues its
debate on health care reform and Social Security COLA, a new survey taken by
RetireSafe finds that over 79 percent of more than 626 seniors responding to a
poll expressed concerns that they were not represented in Washington.

"After visiting two senior expos and meeting hundreds of seniors, reading
surveys and emails and listening first hand to our supporters, we confirmed
that no one is listening to older Americans.  We are going to correct this
travesty," said Thair Phillips, RetireSafe’s president.

RetireSafe collected the surveys at senior expos September 29 and October 13
in Pennsylvania. Seniors were asked about health care reform.  The full
results of the poll are listed on RetireSafe Listens at

To listen to seniors and represent their real voice in Washington on issues
such as health care reform, RetireSafe today launched its RetireSafe Listens
campaign. The campaign kicks off with a new listening post for seniors on
RetireSafe’s website, where seniors can go to hear and be heard.

According to Phillips, older Americans who are interested in getting their
real voices heard are invited to complete surveys online at
or at various locations across the country.  Seniors can hear the voices of
others as RetireSafe shares the unfiltered results of the surveys on the
website and with The White House, Congress, the media, and with everyone else
that needs to hear the voice of older people.

Phillips said, "RetireSafe Listens is the one place where the experience and
lessons learned in a life of service and honor to America is sought out,
heard, and shared, especially with the leaders who determine the laws that
affect the very core of our lives and freedoms.   RetireSafe is listening.
Your opinions matter and your ideas will be shared.  Your voices will be

He said, "These are the first steps in what we hope is a much bigger campaign
to listen to seniors."

RetireSafe has met with some senior White House advisors to tell them about
the RetireSafe Listens campaign and health care reform survey and to invite
their participation.

RetireSafe is a grassroots advocacy organization representing over 400,000


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