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AARP South Carolina Press Center

AARP South Carolina’s Press Center contains links with approved media advisories, news releases and statements.  You’ll also find information and statistics regarding AARP South Carolina staff and key volunteers.  Also located in the press center are numerous resource links for organizations that provide services for older South Carolina residents. As a leading voice for older South Carolinians, AARP helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.

About AARP: Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired high school principal, founded AARP in 1958. AARP evolved from the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA), which Dr. Andrus had established in 1947 to promote her philosophy of productive aging, and in response to the need of retired teachers for health insurance.
At that time, private health insurance was virtually unavailable to older Americans; in fact, it was not until 1965 that the government enacted Medicare, which provides health benefits to persons over age 65. Dr. Andrus approached dozens of insurance companies until she found one willing to take the risk of insuring older persons. She then developed other benefits and programs, including a discount mail order pharmacy service.
Over the years NRTA heard from thousands of others who wanted to know how they could obtain insurance and other NRTA benefits without being retired teachers. After ten years, Dr. Andrus realized the time had come to create a new organization open to all Americans. Today, NRTA is a division within AARP.
Since its inception in 1958, AARP has grown and changed dramatically in response to societal changes, while remaining true to its founding principles:
•    To promote independence, dignity and purpose for older persons
•    To enhance the quality of life for older persons
•    To encourage older people "To serve, not to be served"

Now in its fifth decade, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization and does not endorse political candidates nor does it make financial contributions to political candidates or political parties. AARP produces AARP The Magazine, publishes the AARP Bulletin, a monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, a quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and its Web site, AARP Foundation is the affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For AARP South Carolina media related questions, please contact Patrick Cobb at

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