Friday, January 13, 2006

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

The American Association of Retired Persons was formed in 1958 by the National Retired Teachers Association to extend its membership beyond the ranks of retired teachers. Originally, it was located in Washington, D.C., but has now grown to include local chapters in all 50 states with a membership of over 28 million. It is the largest organization for the elderly with membership recently increasing over 20 percent a year. Membership (dues are $5 per year) is open to any person aged 50 or more.
Services to members include the Pharmacy Service, with emphasis on low-cost generic products; Group Health Insurance Program (GHIP), the nation's largest; Automobile and Homeowners Insurance Program; Motoring Plan; Travel Service; and the AARP Investment program, rising at a rate of $50 million per week. The monthly magazine Modern Maturity continues to increase in circulation and is one of the top ranked magazines in the country. At the end of 1986, 28 AARP books were in publication.
The Legislation, Research, and Public Policy Division is active at the federal and government levels, and plays a significant and active role in legislative and regulatory programs affecting health and retirement income, tax reforms, Social Security benefits, mandatory retirement, and other programs.
For more information, write or call:
1909 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20049(202) 872-4700


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