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​21 Ways AARP Embraced 2021​

A look back at what we achieved this unforgettable year​

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​The past year posed a challenge to us all: how to live our best lives while dealing with a lingering and deadly pandemic and its many ripple effects. At AARP, we worked hard — on many fronts — to help you overcome those challenges. Here are just a few of the things we achieved that we hope make you proud to be a member of AARP.​

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1. ​AARP’s advocacy team pushed for prescription drug price cuts and for a $1,400 stimulus payment. ​

2. ​More than 100,000 people called the AARP Fraud Watch Network helpline for advice. ​

3. ​The AARP Bulletin and AARP The Magazine won prestigious honors for coverage of the nursing home crisis and elder abuse.​

4. ​AARP helped borrowers save an average of $2,200 this year on their student loan debts with the Savi Student Loan Repayment Tool, which can help identify loan forgiveness opportunities and repayment options.​

5. ​AARP Rewards saved members who joined the program more than $3 million this year.​

6. ​Our website, aarp.org, continued its fast growth, becoming an invaluable source for millions of users for breaking news, pandemic updates and lifestyle information targeted at Americans 50-plus. ​

7. ​We are proud that Ethisphere named AARP as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the third straight year, and also that The Washington Post once again picked us as a “top workplace” in the nation’s capital.​

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8. ​A new online platform, AARP Skills Builder for Work, teaches cutting-edge job skills to older workers.​

9. ​Senior Planet From AARP classes helped older adults master the digital world.​

10. The Arrow, an e-newsletter for men, joined The Girlfriend, Sisters From AARP and The Ethel as a source of focused fun and news. ​

11. ​AARP’s The Perfect Scam podcast aired its 100th tale of real-life fraud.​

12. ​AARP launched Family Caregiver Guides for all 50 states.​

13. ​Nearly 30,000 volunteers took part in AARP Foundation programs.​

14. ​Finance industry workers who completed AARP BankSafe training stopped more than $104 million of elder financial exploitation.​

15. ​The "Smokey Wrote That" video series celebrates icon Smokey Robinson.​

16. ​Over 2 million people got expert advice in AARP tele-town hall meetings.​

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17. ​Wish of a Lifetime From AARP helped those 65-plus achieve long-held dreams.​

18. ​AARP Foundation and its volunteers helped put hundreds of millions of dollars into the pockets of low-income older adults through its workforce programs and other financial services.​

19. AARP Books Division released best seller Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age, by Sanjay Gupta, M.D.​

20. ​AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than a million people get about $745 million in federal tax refunds and credits.​

21. ​More than 600,000 people attended virtual events via AARP’s Virtual Community Center — exercise classes, concerts, movies and more. ​

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