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About Our Policy

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+ 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.  

AARP Policy Book

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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.

 View the Policy Book

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

Learn More About AARP Policy

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.

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."

NPC Policy Leaders

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

Research the Issues

Read about the issues, topics and trends of interest to people 50 and older. Access infographics, deep data dives and state-specific surveys.

Public Policy Institute

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.

Submit Feedback

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

Connect With Us

The AARP Office of Policy Development and Integration coordinates the activities of the NPC. For more information, send a message to or call 202-434-3720.

Making a Difference

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More About AARP

AARP History

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

Executive Team

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

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.

AARP Financial and Annual Reports

Annual reports for AARP, AARP Foundation, AARP Experience Corps and AARP Services include top highlights, audited financial statements and more.