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American Association of Retired Persons (logo).png
Current logo for AARP, in use since January 2007
Motto "To serve, not to be served"
Predecessor National Retired Teachers Association
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Former name American Association of Retired Persons
*AARP*, formerly the *American Association of Retired Persons*, is a United
States-based non-governmental organization and interest group, founded in
1958 by Ethel Percy Andrus, PhD, a retired educator from California, and
based in Washington, D.C. According to its mission statement,^ it is "a
nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over
... dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age," which
"provides a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services
for our members."
AARP operates as a non-profit advocate for its members and as one of the
most powerful lobbying groups in the United States. AARP has two affiliated
organizations: AARP Services Inc. which is managed wholly for profit, and
the AARP Foundation, a charity that operates on a non-profit basis.
AARP Services Inc. offers: Medicare supplemental health insurance,
discounts on prescription drugs and consumer goods, entertainment and
travel packages, long-term care insurance and automobile, home and life
insurance.^ It provides quality control over the products and services
made available by AARP-endorsed providers. According to AARP's 2008
Consolidated financials, it was paid $652,000,000 in royalties from
insurance companies that sold products referred by AARP. AARP also received
an additional $120,000,000 for the ads placed in its publications.^
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