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The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping older Americans achieve lives of independence, dignity, and purpose. The AARP, which was founded in 1958 by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, is the oldest and largest organization of older Americans, with a membership of more than 33 million. The National Retired Teachers Association (NTRA), which was founded in 1947, is a division of AARP. Membership in AARP is open to anyone age 50 or older, working or retired. More than one-third of the association's membership is in the workforce. The AARP's headquarters are in Washington, D.C. By the early 2000s, AARP had fulfilled its goal of having staffed offices in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. AARP utilizes an extensive network of local AARP chapters, its National Community Service Programs and NTRA members to involve members, volunteers, the media, community partners, and policy-makers in carrying out its objectives. The organization is led by a 21-member board of directors and has an administrative staff that carries out the group's day-to-day activities. The organization is funded almost entirely by annual membership dues.

The AARP has been an effective advocate regarding issues involving older persons, in part because of its large membership and its ability to mobilize its members to lobby for its positions before Congress and government agencies. The organization has concentrated much of its LOBBYING effort on SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, and long-term care issues. The AARP has fought zealously to protect the Social Security benefits of retired citizens and has resisted efforts by Congress to change the system itself. Its Advocacy Center for Social Security develops policy proposals and lobbies Congress.

The AARP Advocacy Center for Medicare seeks to ensure the availability of affordable, quality HEALTH CARE for older individuals and persons with disabilities. In the early 2000s it was working to develop ways of maintaining the short-term solvency of the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund and was preparing for the needs of the baby boomers in the longer term. With the dramatic growth in managed health care plans, the AARP has sought to educate its members about this new way of providing services and to empower older people by telling them what their rights are under this system.

The association also has been actively involved in voter education. A major, nonpartisan component of the association's legislative program is AARP/VOTE, a voter education program that is charged with informing the public about important public policy issues and the positions of candidates for public office. Through issue and candidate forums and voter guides, AARP/VOTE works to promote issue-centered campaigns and a more informed electorate.

The organization also provides many benefits to its members. The AARP licenses the use of its name for selected services of chosen providers. For example, it offers members a choice of insurance plans. Because most of the plans are neither age-rated nor medically under-written, the association can make HEALTH INSURANCE available to many of its members who otherwise would be unable to obtain insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions. The association receives an administrative allowance or a royalty from the providers and the income realized from these services is used for the general purposes of the association and its members.

The AARP also operates a nationwide volunteer network that helps older citizens. Programs include information and support for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, legal hotlines, and INCOME TAX preparation. These and other programs are funded, in part, by federal grants.

The association produces two national radio network series and publishes a monthly magazine, AARP The Magazine, a monthly newspaper, the AARP Bulletin and a quarterly Spanish-language newspaper, Segunda Juventud. As older adults have gained computer skills, the organization's Web site has become increasingly popular.

Recent outreach programs launched by AARP include a collaborative national effort to help prepare people for independent living, long-term care and end-of-life care as well as a pilot program to promote physical activities for healthy aging.


American Association of Retired Persons. Available online at <www.aarp.org> (accessed May 29, 2003).

Morris, Charles R. 1996. The AARP: America's Most Powerful Lobby and the Clash of Generations. New York: Times Books.

Van Atta, Dale. 1998. Trust Betrayed: Inside the AARP. 1998. Chicago: Regnery.

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almost 3 years ago

I have been an aarp member for many years. If there is even the slightest truth to reports aarp is willing to make concessions over social security, medicare or medicade or up the retirement age, I'm going to tear my card up and will expect a refund from aarp.

Those benefits, like everything else, need to keep pace with the times. Fix it!!! Don't water it down and make it ineffective. There is enough brain power in the US to come up with a solution other than reduce benefits and up the retirement age. I want this for my kids and their kids.

If arrp isn't willing to do this, I don't wish to continue my membership. Matter of fact, even the rumors of this is cause for concern for me because if this is the thinking of aarp, how do I know they will work hard and support increased protection and benefits?

Ted Nelson

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about 3 years ago

We are a retired couple from Belgium and we will be spending 3 months in Florida as of February 20 Can we become member of AARP ? What is the fee ? Is it worthwile for us. I would highly appreciate if you could answer me asap on this matter. Thank you very much and have a nice day. Kind regards, Gilberte Meert.

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over 2 years ago

I have written a book called "Going down Screaming" that tells of the rise and fall of the nursing home industry. It explains to family members how to cope when they place a loved one into a facility.

It's a good read, with sercious, but also light and humorous. My goal is to help families to cope in a delightful way. May I send you a copy? Barbara J. Morgan

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over 2 years ago

I am a nationally certified, licensed massage therapist. based in Hoffman Estates, Illinoise. I wish to offer my services at affordable rates to retired people on in and out-call. My intention is to work with disabled,diseased and financially weak persons.
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over 2 years ago

Attention to you all.
Greetings from New Nakivubo Park yard Market Vendors Association and many thanks for the very worthwhile voluntary humanitarian relief aid work to immediate disaster worldwide. May you please keep it up.
I am writing introducing to you New Nakivubo Parkyard Market Vendors Association, an association composed of 35000 Market Vendors in the Central Business District of Kampala, the capital City of Uganda. The market Vendors are occupying on a 6 Acres piece of Land ,comprising of majorly widows, Disabled, HIV/AIDS persons, Elderly, marginalized Youth,and other Poverty striken People.
These market Vendors are dealing in different items such as used clothes,shoes,hand bags,school bags, bicycles, Iron ,carpets,Toys,blankets,bedsheets and Covers, new computers,Fridges,Television Sets,tents among other house items.
The Market Vendors are comprised of totally vulnerable population with extremely low capital Borrowed from small scale micro finance societies. Over 86% of these Market Vendors are depending and using borrowed Money as capital to start up their small businesses for survival.
However, on 31/07/2011 at around 2.00am , Uganda's oldest , renowned and biggest Market for the less privileged, vulnerable and poor people caught fire whose cause up to date is not known though police investigations are still proceeding on and suspecting worldwide terrorist Alkhaida Group.
The infernal Fire burnt all market Vendors' goods to ashes with thousands developing pressure and admitted in Various Hospitals,hundreds committing Suicide as have no any ray of hope for further survival and in fear of bank loans,payment of school fees for their children in schools, meeting daily household demands,monthly bills among other demands including food and basic health care.
By Tuesday 9/08/2011,a total of over 64 Market Vendors have already died,7850 are admitted but still in comma at Mulago, Nsambya, Rubaga, Kibuli and mukono Hospitals, over 59 have tried to commit Suicide attempts and 4 have died and we are worried ,great tension and pressure here as more than 2285 are planning to kill themselves before Friday last week. We thank God for the counseling and guidance teams that no major suicide attempts,deaths and killings that pro graced despite earlier warnings.
we are now still guiding and supervising the market together with Uganda Police Forces but still people are extremely desperate, very angry, thinking of were to get money to meet education and health needs of their children, monthly bills, settling bank loans,get capital back into business,and still ready to die/attempting to commit suicide at anytime.
It is just two years, when the same market was totally burnt by unknown people in 2009 with official police investigation Report not yet out up to now .
The purpose of this email communication to you therefore is to kindly and humbly appeal to you to send us Humanitarian relief items,financial support and other forms of material assistance to enable us purchase Timbers, bags of Cement,metalic poles, iron sheets, Bricks, Sand, construction equipments ( pangs, hoes,spades, etc) Furthermore, we urgently need humanitarian material assistance such as food, blenkets, used blankets,shoes, bed sheets and covers,electrical material support for distributions amongst the acutely affected victims and in total dire need as of this Appeal for today 16/08/2011.
Give us Reconstruction , Save lives of thousands from death,Economically empowers them back into business,pay bank loans, and leave a meaning life in New Nakivubo Parkyard Market Vendors Association.
The Total Financial target Appeal is $ 4350000 ( Four million,thirty five thousand US Dollars) for the whole project. We kindly and humbly welcome any amount of financial contributions from you ( $ 1,5,10,50,100,500,1000,5000,1000,.........etc)

For Direct Financial Assistance, please kindly and humbly send funds to us using the following banking information.

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Any immediate support from you is highly and strongly important in market Reconstruction, saving lives,settling desperate people back into business and creating more employment opportunities thereby improving social welfare and sending children back to school by New Nakivubo Park Yard Market Vendors Association in Uganda.
Trusting in your positive response as soon as you can.
Yours, Tamale Christoper
New Nakivubo Park Yard Market Vendors association.
Plot 12, Nakivubo Road
Tel. +256-782-678772 /+256-772-472694
For any further Information , i refers you to you WWW.monitor.co.ug, www. Newvision News papers of Ugand between 1-08/2011 up to now.
You can access more stories and Fire Pictures if go to Google,insert, Owino Park yard Market Fire Pictures.

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over 3 years ago

Dear Sir,

My husband - Ken Soo and me will like to attend the AARP as we're almost 60 years old but both of us still working and paid the very expensive health insurance, for myself, I need to paid $880.00 per month and my husband need to paid $635.00 per month. I've checked your website and hoping we're qualify to join this program. Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,
Carol Soo

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almost 5 years ago

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