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AARP Celebrates a Great 2018

With your help, we had some memorable achievements this year

A A R P Best of Two Thousand Eighteen


We’re usually content to let our actions speak for themselves here at AARP. But we figure that once a year it’s not bragging to show what we’ve accomplished with your help. We worked hard in Washington to protect your health care and fight for lower drug prices. In all 50 states, our offices looked after your interests. We battled age discrimination in courtrooms and worked to come up with innovative caregiving options. And we had some fun along the way. Here’s a look at a few of the things that we’re proud of — and hope you are, too. 

Disrupting dementia. In June, AARP invested $60 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund, which is aimed at finding new drugs to treat dementia.

Staying Sharp. AARP members now have free access to Staying Sharp, our program on brain health featuring games, recipes and more to keep your gray matter in tune.

What They Had. AARP collaborated with film distribution company Bleecker Street on the release of this movie starring Hilary Swank and Blythe Danner, which explores what can happen inside a family when there is a caregiving crisis.


Day of service. On Sept. 11, 3,200 AARP staffers and volunteers packed more than a million meals to feed older Americans.

Sisters launched. We started a digital newsletter aimed at celebrating African American women in the Gen X and boomer generations.

Publications honored. The AARP BulletinAARP The Magazine and AARP Studios won many awards for excellence in 2018. The magazine surpassed People magazine as America’s most read publication.   

Let’s Be Well Diabetes Box. AARP and the American Diabetes Association designed a box of products and resources that were chosen to help those with type 2 diabetes.

Battling ageism. AARP helped two Ohio State University instructors settle an age discrimination lawsuit.

Helping you learn the issues. AARP’s “Be the Difference. Vote” campaign brought issues important to people age 50-plus to the forefront of the 2018 elections. AARP tracked key races, sponsored debates and alerted members to candidate forums and tele-town hall discussions.

Disaster relief. AARP Foundation and AARP members aided hurricane victims with a combined $2 million.

Happy 60th birthday to us! We celebrated with an illustrated history of founder Ethel Percy Andrus. Download it for free at

Tax-Aide. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped file tax returns for 2.5 million people — who received $1.3 billion in refunds and more than $213 million in tax credits.

“Remembering Vietnam.” AARP Studios teamed with the National Archives to produce an interactive digital experience that was displayed along with the “Remembering Vietnam” exhibit.

Cincuentañeros. AARP launched the Cincuentañeros ("Turning 50") movement last spring in order to inspire and inform Latino Americans about embracing life’s opportunities as they age.

Care to Laugh. AARP Studios created a warm and funny documentary on caregiving called Care to Laugh, featuring comedian Jesus Trejo.

The Perfect Scam. Last spring, AARP launched its first podcast focusing on consumer scams. AARP’s Fraud Watch ambassador Frank Abagnale cohosts the weekly series, which spotlights common scams and offers advice on how to protect yourself. It was downloaded more than 100,000 times in the first month.


Helping you with caregiving. AARP offers caregiving help to members who can’t be on-site all the time with a discount to CareLinx, which screens and matches you with in-home caregivers. Learn more at

Community action grants. Nearly 130 communities improved transportation and housing through AARP’s “quick action” grants.