AARP welcomes Patricia Hernandez as its official 37 millionth member. As a baby boomer, Ms. Hernandez is part of a demographic shift in AARP’s membership. The wave of aging baby boomers who are joining AARP have made AARP one of the largest baby boomer organization’s in the world with nearly 12 million baby boomer members who are now in there 50s and 60s. AARP is honoring the 37 millionth member during the association’s annual member event which will convene more than 20,000 AARP members in Anaheim California from October 26-28, 2006.
"More people are choosing AARP than ever before. It is a combination of factors--from new volunteer opportunities to a desire to support AARP's initiatives; from the great market changing products and services AARP makes available to its members through third party providers to the chance to "give back” by supporting AARP’s social programs,” observed Shereen Remez, AARP's Group Executive Officer for Member Value.
Patricia Hernandez, the official 37 millionth AARP member said, “I like knowing that I am a part of an organization that is looking out for the best interests of those in my age group. I am also looking forward to meeting other AARP members who share similar interests.”
With the country’s aging population realizing the benefits of AARP membership the organization is positioned to become more prominent and will be able to leverage its influence to make even more of a difference in the lives of people age 50+ than ever before. The numbers are already undeniable. Enrollment is only expected to increase as more people experience the benefits of joining AARP.
The sheer numbers of baby boomers is alone cause for consideration. There are 78 million baby boomers and organizations are racing to replicate AARP’s strong connection to this demographic. By the year 2050, there will be 2 billion in the world who are 50 or older, as compared to 600 million today. For the first time in world history, by 2050, 50+ people will outnumber children. The 50+ population will more than double over the next 35 years. This is changing the fundamental age distribution in our population and puts AARP in a position to further enhance the lives of people 50+.
AARP has recently leveraged its influence to make a substantial difference in the lives of the 50+. AARP’s recent contributions for its membership include:
- AARP’s Social Security Campaign – AARP successfully lead efforts to preserve social security for generations to come.
- Medicare Part D Education – AARP launched a campaign that educates members and others about the new Medicare Part D benefit ensuring that millions benefit.
- AARP Watchdog Reports – AARP’s Watchdog reports and forums were instrumental in keeping the spotlight on rising drug prices and AARP lobbied for state and federal laws to allow safe and legal prescription drugs to be imported from Canada.
- AARP Foundation – Through the AARP Foundation, we led a large-scale funding effort to provide disaster relief to older victims of the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes. In total more than 41 grants totaling almost $1.6 million were issued to local organizations in the affected areas, which provide food, shelter, health services, housing and legal assistance.
- AARP Services – Through AARP endorsed providers, members have access to a growing array of services ranging from hospital and medical coverage to dental plans, credit cards and travel discounts. AARP members rave about the member benefits. Recent additions include the launch of AARP Financial, which is dedicated to helping people achieve financial security through education and guidance and by offering products and services designed to meet their retirement needs. AARP Financial makes available through third party providers a carefully chosen array of investment products, including mutual funds, auto and home insurance from The Hartford; credit cards from Chase; life insurance from New York Life; and mobile home and motorcycle insurance from Foremost.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, www.aarp.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.