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AARP Public Policy

AARP Public Policy: We Want to Hear From You


AARP represents the needs of nearly 38 million members with lifestyles and political views as diverse as any group in the United States. Developing public policy recommendations that serve such diversity is a formidable task. We concentrate on the issues most important to those in the 50-plus community as they age: economic security; health care; access to affordable, quality long-term care; creating and maintaining livable communities; consumer protections; caregiving; and ensuring that our democracy works better for all.  


These policies are published every two years in The Policy Book: AARP Public Policies and in regular supplements to The Policy Book.



AARP’s policies, consistent with our mission to enhance quality of life for all as we age, guide the organization's advocacy and support for specific bills and regulations at the national, state and local levels. Read


How We Set Policy

As one of the leading voices for an aging America, AARP regularly monitors its members' needs, concerns and opinions. Find out how AARP develops its public policies. Read


Our Policy Priorities

The Priorities Book (PDF) offers a brief overview of AARP policy positions, reflecting our mission to enhance quality of life for all as we age. It serves as a companion piece to The Policy Book. Read


The AARP National Policy Council (NPC) is a 25-member, all-volunteer policy analysis and advisory body to AARP’s board of directors. Read



Find out more about AARP’s annual call for public comment. Read.



Learn more about how to apply to serve on the NPC. Read.


The AARP Office of Policy Integration coordinates the activities of the NPC. For more information, call 202-434-3720.



The AARP Public Policy Institute promotes the development of sound, creative policies to address our common need for economic security, health care and quality of life. Go


More About AARP

AARP History

Learn more about the history of the organization and our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. Read


Our Executive Team

Meet the members of our Executive Team, their backgrounds and their leadership responsibilities. Read


AARP Ethics

Our Code of Conduct sets forth the highest ethical standards for our employees, volunteers, board members and those who do business with us. Read


Annual Report

Read AARP’s annual report and consolidated financial statement for the current or previous year. Read


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