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Encyclopedia > American Association of Retired Persons

AARP (formerly, but no longer, known as the American Association of Retired Persons) is a United States-based non-government organization dedicated to the interests of persons aged 50 and over. A non-governmental organization (NGO) is an organization which is not a part of a government. ...


AARP is widely known for defending and advancing the interests of aging populations through a multitude of initiatives, including lobbying efforts at the state and national governmental level, an activity permitted by its 501(c)(4) status. Its AARP Services (ASI) division negotiates and offers reduced rates for members at various tourist attractions, automobile rental companies, motel and hotel chains, etc. ASI provides programs for reduced-cost medical and automobile insurance, opportunities for managing retirement and scam alerts about predatory lending and refinancing. AARP Foundation is also the non-profit AARP division raising donated money for such elderly causes as legal assistance, job training, driver education, etc. Lobbying is the practice of private advocacy with the goal of influencing a governing body by promoting a point of view that is conducive to an individuals or organizations goals. ... 501(c)(4) refers to a provision of the United States Internal Revenue Code providing an exemption from the imposition of Federal income tax for the following kinds of entities: Civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare, or local associations... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... Rental cars are leased to people who dont have access to their own cars, such as when traveling. ... Holiday Inn Great Sign Exterior of a Howard Johnsons motor lodge. ... A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis and especially for tourists. ... Insurance, in law and economics, is a form of risk management primarily used to hedge against the risk of potential financial loss. ... Predatory lending refers to unconscionable lending practices that take advantage of vulnerable borrowers, such as the elderly or unsophisticated. ...


AARP's public stances influenced the U.S. Congress' support for the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act, which authorized the creation of Medicare Part D, in 2003 and resistance to changes in Social Security in 2005. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (Public Law 108-173) is a law of the United States which was passed in 2003. ... Medicare Part D, part of Medicare (United States), is a prescription drug plan [1] for the elderly and disabled in the USA. It was enacted as part of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). ...


Ethel Percy Andrus founded AARP in 1958. Membership numbers 35 million, and is expected to approach 70 million via Baby Boomers in the next 10 years. Ethel Percy Andrus was the founder of the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA) in 1947 and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in 1958. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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  • AARP's website

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Founded (1878) largely through the efforts of the Connecticut Bar Association, it is devoted to improving the administration of justice, seeking uniformity of law throughout the nation, and maintaining high standards for the legal profession.
Affiliated organizations include the American Law Student Association and the American Bar Foundation, a group devoted to legal research and education.
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