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AARP Our Social Impact – About Us

Creating Real Possibilities

Enhancing the quality of life for all as we age—not just serving our nearly 38 million members—is our mission. At its heart, the work that AARP and its affiliates do can be summed up in just 12 words: “We fight for and equip each individual to live their best life.” It’s all about real possibilities.

A Closer Look


Make a Difference

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

Since 1968, the volunteer-based program has helped nearly 50 million low-to-moderate-income taxpayers

  • Drive to End Hunger

    This worthy cause helps combat the hunger issue among nearly 9 million Americans who are 50 and older

  • Fraud Watch Network

    Outsmart a con artist. Protect yourself from scams and fraud. Get alerts, and gain peace of mind with the AARP Fraud Watch Network — free for everyone


AARP fights for age 50 and over individuals and their families at the local, state and national levels. We work on important issues, such as:

  • Leading efforts to update Social Security and promote other retirement savings efforts to help everyone achieve lifetime financial security
  • Promoting adequate, affordable health care, including prescription drugs and long-term care
  • Fostering communities with affordable and appropriate housing, as well as supportive community features and options for getting around

Recent advocacy victories include passage of family caregiver-support bills in dozens of states and saving residential consumers billions of dollars on utility bills in recent years. To learn more about our advocacy, please visit our Advocacy section on

AARP Foundation staff preparing to volunteer-AARP Foundation Day of Service


Trustworthy Information

AARP Our Social Impact – About Us - Trustworthy Information

People imagine and shape better lives with information and inspiration from AARP’s publications and multimedia offerings. We produce AARP The Magazine, the nation’s largest-circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for people 50-plus;  an award-winning website (; AARP television and radio programming; AARP Books; and AARP en Espaňol, a bilingual news source.

AARP in Action

Real Possibilities in Action: Achieving Our Social Mission

AARP believes strongly in the principles of collective purpose, collective voice and the collective power of the 50+ population to change the market based on their needs. These principles guide our efforts.

Highlights of AARP’s recent social mission at work are contained in a booklet called “Real Possibilities in Action: Achieving Our Social Mission."  It features achievements by AARP, AARP Foundation, AARP Foundation Experience Corps, Legal Counsel for the Elderly and AARP Services.

Download the Booklet: Real Possibilities in Action: Achieving Our Social Mission (PDF)


Member Products, Services and Discounts

AARP membership card

AARP leads the way in the marketplace by influencing companies to offer new and better choices for our members and 50-plus Americans. AARP makes available through third-party providers high-quality products, services and discounts specifically catering to the unique needs and wants of our members and the entire 50-plus population. With a focus on quality management and customer service, we hold companies that provide AARP-branded offerings to a high standard.


AARP Member Products, Services and Discounts - research

Through forward-looking research and practical solutions, AARP fosters debate to make a positive difference. For example, the AARP Public Policy Institute publishes major reports on health and financial security trends affecting people over 50 and their families. Our Research group conducts surveys on consumer issues and trends.