As the nation’s largest non-profit, non-partisan organization with membership of nearly 38 million, AARP is dedicated to empowering people 50 years of age and older to choose how they want to live as they age. AARP helps people realize their goals and dreams by changing the way our country defines aging.
What Does AARP Stand For?
Originally, AARP was an acronym for the American Association of Retired Persons; however, in 1999, the organization officially changed its name to AARP to reflect a focus that was no longer centered on American retirees, but any American who is at least 50 years old.
What Does AARP Do?
AARP works to strengthen communities be addressing issues that are most important to older community members, such as healthcare, financial security and personal fulfillment.
Working with AARP as a parent organization are three other entities supporting their mission:
- AARP Foundation – ensures low-income, older community members have nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income and strong, long-term bonds with family members and other community members.
- The Legal Counsel for the Elderly – a charity that helps champion the dignity and rights of senior citizens in Washington D.C.
- AARP Services Inc. – a wholly owned, taxable subsidiary that provides quality control over the wide range of products and services that carry the AARP name and are made available to AARP members by independent providers as part of membership benefits.
AARP The Magazine
The Magazine, AARP’s award-winning publication, is the world’s largest circulation magazine. It’s published bi-monthly and included free with the AARP membership. It features a wide-range of timely content on topics deemed most important to older people, such as money, health, travel, entertainment and technology, as well as interviews with favorite celebrities.
Once you join AARP, you’ll be issued an AARP card that you can use to obtain discounts at a wide variety of retailers. To use the card, you can either present it in person or enter your membership information online. If you prefer to leave your card at home, you can download the AARP Now app for instant access to a digital version of your card along with important news, events and local benefits.
Whether you’re looking for a caregiver or trying to find exclusive travel deals to your favorite vacation spots, AARP provides members with a wide range of member benefits to help you save money and more. Check out some of these benefits below:
- Health and Wellness – benefits include discounts on hearing aids, long-term care, glasses, medications, healthy meal delivery, Medicare supplemental insurance plans and Medicare prescriptions plans.
- Travel – with AARP travel discounts, getting away from it all has never been easier. Your AARP card will save you money on car rentals, cruises, airline flights, vacation packages, hotels, resorts, rail, tours and travel planning. AARP travel benefits include limited time offers that will save you hundreds of dollars.
- Restaurants – save big at some of the best restaurants across the country including Denny’s, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, the Chart House, Landry’s Seafood and Claim Jumper Restaurant and Saloon.
- Entertainment – from games to grown-up movies, AARP has your entertainment handled. Enjoy savings at Regal Movie Theatres, Ticketmaster, Cirque du Soleil and more. If games are your preference, AARP Games has you covered.
- Advocacy – AARP’s Foundation Litigation helps defend the rights of older Americans supporting them through the legal system by fighting consumer fraud and discrimination in health care, housing, employment and more. AARP State Offices allow you to get involved no matter where you live with offices in every state, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Find your nearest office here. AARP also provides Government Advocacy for important national and state issues including Social Security, Medicare, high utility rates and more.
- Shopping and Groceries – for the shopaholics in the crowd, AARP members can enjoy savings when they shop for clothing and accessories, flowers, gifts and groceries.
- Community – whether you want to learn something new by attending a workshop or seminar or volunteer to help end hunger, AARP members can take part in community events and give back to their community through volunteerism.
- Home and Technology – want to learn how to live independently in your home and community as you age or save money on a In-Home Smart Technology System? With AARP you can save money on Housing and Mobility Services, Best Buy Assured Living, UPS, AT&T and move.
- Family Caregiving – AARP provides members with a wealth of resources to help your family find a caregiver or help a new or continuing caregiver avoid caregiver burnout.
- Work and Jobs – if you’re looking for a job or trying to start a business, AARP can help. Services include the AARP Job Board, AARP Resume Advisor and Job Resources to help you find a new job or learn a new skill.
- Insurance – with AARP, you can find discounts on insurance plans to cover every avenue of life, including healthcare, pet, vehicle, life, property and business insurances.
- Finances – who doesn’t need a hand figuring out their finances as some point? Whether you want to calculate how much you’ll earn from Social Security when you retire, receive help preparing your taxes or find out how to avoid being scammed, AARP provides members with a world of financial resources.
- Auto Services – if you want to refresh your driving skills, save on auto insurance or find discounts on roadside assistance, AARP has your auto services covered.
- Magazine and Other Resources – in addition to The Magazine, as we mentioned above, AARP also puts out a monthly Bulletin providing timely insights and analysis important to those 50 years and older, such as health, Medicare, Social Security, finances and consumer protection.
To join AARP, you’ll pay $12 for the first year if you sign up for auto-renewal. After the first year, you’ll pay $16 per month. The good news about auto-renewal is that AARP will send you a reminder before your credit card is charged and you can cancel at any time.
For more information about membership and benefits, visit the AARP website.