AARP, known as the American Association of Retired Persons until 1999, is one of the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan associations in the United States. It is also one of the most powerful lobbying groups. AARP’s mission is to improve the quality of life of aging Americans and to facilitate positive social change. The organization promotes the development of a society in which everyone ages with dignity and purpose and in which AARP helps people fulfill their goals and dreams. AARP has more than 37 million members as of 2015.

Founded by the retired high school principal Ethel Percy Andrus in 1958, AARP grew out of the National Retired Teachers Association, which she had founded to enable retired teachers to access private health insurance. The National Retired ...

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