Friday, April 24, 2015

Is The AARP a Good Organization To Join at 50 Years Old?

April 24, 2015

Dear Cathy:

I just turned 50 years old but I don’t plan on retiring until age 62.  What exactly do the AARP do and is this a great organization to join? Aging Gracefully, Nebraska

Dear Aging Gracefully:

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over, dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as they age, which provides a wide range of benefits, special products, and services for their members. 

The AARP stands for the “American Association for Retired Persons.”  In 1999 the AARP formally changed its official name to AARP.  Officially, AARP no longer stands for anything.  It is a United States-based non-governmental organization and interest group, founded in 1958 by Ethel Percy Andrus, PhD, a retired educator from the state of California, and based in Washington, D.C.
AARP Services Inc. offers an array of services from Medicare supplemental health insurance, discounts on prescription drugs and consumer goods, entertainment and travel packages, long-term health care insurance and automobile, home and life insurance.  

Yes the AARP is a good organization to join, however, be aware that some of the services they offer especially their car insurance.  You can actually obtain it elsewhere at a cheaper price so conduct your own research before using any of their services.

As you know Americans age 50 and older face choices and pressures unlike those of any other age group – choices few could have prepared for.  We live in a country that steps over senior citizens on our streets so this country don’t care anything about senior citizens.  Because we are social creatures being a part of an organization or group is key to aging gracefully. 

AARP has two affiliated organizations: AARP Services Inc. which is managed wholly for profit and the AARP Foundation, a charity that operates on a non-profit basis.  The AARP claims approximately 38 million members making it one of the largest membership organizations in the United States and it operates as a non-profit advocate for its members and has one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States.

The AARP Foundation’s goal is to win back opportunity for those now in crisis, so that thousands of low-income Americans 50+ can regain their foothold and continue to serve as anchors for their families and communities and ensure that their best life is still within reach.  Key areas of focus are hunger, income, housing and isolation. The Foundation’s vision is a country that is free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable.

You  can learn more about aging gracefully by reading "Golden Years: How To Age Gracefully and Take Care of Seniors." 

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