American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) (Special Interest Group Profiles)
ESTABLISHED: July 1, 1958
EMPLOYEES: 1,787 (1997)
MEMBERS: 31.5 million (1997)
ADDRESS: 601 E. St. NW Washington, DC 20049
PHONE: (202) 434-2277
TOLL FREE: (800) 424-3410
TDD (HEARING IMPAIRED): (202) 434-6561
FAX: (202) 434-6483
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Horace B. Deets
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) describes itself as "a nonprofit, non-partisan membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of people 50 and older. We seek through education, advocacy and service to enhance the quality of life for all by promoting independence, dignity and purpose." The organization's motto is "To Serve, Not to Be Served," and it holds out as its vision to "excel . . . as a dynamic presence in every community, shaping and enriching the experience of aging for each member and for society." To this end, the AARP informs and advises its members on social, economic, and political issues while also stressing a sense of community among senior citizens and promoting the image of Americans over age 50 as empowered and active.
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AARP (Encyclopedia of Public Health)
AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, is the nation's leading organization for people age fifty and older. Founded in 1958 by retired educator Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, it is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association dedicated to shaping and enriching the experience of aging for its members and all Americans. It serves its 32 million members' needs and interests through information and education, research, advocacy, and community services, all of which are provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. Through its publications, web site, and forums, AARP informs members and the public about consumer issues, economic security, work, health, and independent living issues. AARP also engages in legislative, judicial, and consumer advocacy in these areas. It offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including Modern Maturity magazine and the monthly AARP Bulletin.
ROBIN E. MOCKENHAUPT
(SEE ALSO: Aging of Population; Gerontology; Life Expectancy and Life Tables; National Institute on Aging)