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The American Association for Retired Persons is the largest advocacy group in the country and dedicated to the needs of Americans over 50 years old. AARP has nearly 38 million members and one-third still hold a full-time or part-time job.
AARP is non-partisan and lobbies for issues
and rights important to older Americans. There are local chapters
in all 50 states.
In 2016, AARP reported revenues of $1.603 billion, down slightly from $1.604 billion the previous year. Total operating expenses for the year were $1.599 billion.
Membership is $16 per year and includes access to health, auto and home insurance, discounts on travel and other products and a free subscription to AARP Magazine.
AARP Magazine is the largest circulation magazine in the nation with over 47 million readers and is the voice for Americans 50+.
Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired high
school principal, founded AARP in 1958. AARP evolved from the
National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA), which Dr. Andrus
had established in 1947 to promote her philosophy of productive
aging, and in response to the need of retired teachers for health
insurance. At that time, private health insurance was virtually
unavailable to older Americans; in fact, it was not until 1965
that the government enacted Medicare, which provides health benefits
to persons over age 65. Dr. Andrus approached dozens of insurance
companies until she found one willing to take the risk of insuring
older persons. She then developed other benefits and programs,
including a discount mail order pharmacy service. Over the years
NRTA heard from thousands of others who wanted to know how they
could obtain insurance and other NRTA benefits without being
retired teachers. After ten years, Dr. Andrus realized the time
had come to create a new organization open to all Americans.
Today, NRTA is a division within AARP.
AARP offers a range of benefits such as tuition assistance, career coaches, workshops, networking events, certifications, professional memberships, internal development opportunities and more.
In addition to annual vacation, paid holidays and sick leave, AARP offers flexible work arrangements; paid and unpaid leave programs, including caregiving leave, parental leave and community service days; a phased retirement program; renewal (paid sabbatical for long term employees); and more.
Updated September 29, 2017