Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

Living Edition
| Editors: Danan Gu, Matthew E. Dupre


Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_950-1


AARP is the American’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families – with a focus on health security, financial stability, and personal fulfillment. The organization also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen products and services to carry the AARP name.

AARP’s History, Mission, Membership, and Goals

AARP was founded in 1958 by Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired educator from California. For 60 years it has been serving its members and society as a whole by creating positive social change through advocacy, service, and information. The drive, innovation, and compassion of its founder continue to inspire the association’s work and dedication to improving lives, standing up for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AARPWashingtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Danan Gu
    • 1
  1. 1.Population Division, Department of Economic and Social AffairsUnited NationsNew YorkUSA