AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families — with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. We also produce a range of digital and print media, including the nation's most-read magazine, AARP The Magazine. And we work for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen products and services to carry the AARP name.
Advocating for people age 50-plus is at the heart of our mission. It's part of what we do every day from our national office in Washington, D.C., and from offices in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. On health security, AARP fights to protect Medicare, expand access to health care, lower prescription drug prices, support caregivers and protect nursing home residents. On financial stability, we fight to protect Social Security, establish savings plans for workers and stop scams and fraud. We also work to combat age discrimination in the workplace and speak up for the vulnerable and underrepresented on issues like affordable housing and food security.
Our advocacy efforts have been nonpartisan since our founding in 1958. We have worked with Republican and Democratic administrations and members of Congress, governors and state legislators from both parties to achieve many victories for older Americans, including:
AARP also has a long history of nonpartisan voter engagement. As a nonpartisan organization, we don’t support or contribute to political candidates, parties or campaigns — and never have.
AARP's programs help enhance the quality of life for all as we age — and make us a force for positive change in communities across the country.
We publish trustworthy information and resources that help you save and manage your money, including our Social Security Resource Center and AARP Money Map, for navigating unexpected financial challenges and managing debt. We advocate for "work and save” programs for the tens of millions of Americans without access to employer-sponsored retirement plans.
The AARP Fraud Watch Network empowers Americans to fight back against scams and fraud with tips, tools, alerts and a free helpline operated by staff and trained volunteers. AARP BankSafe helps financial institutions recognize and prevent financial exploitation, while our podcast The Perfect Scam covers real-life scam stories.
AARP's Work & Jobs resources help older workers stay competitive, explore career options and fight age discrimination. Resources include a jobs board, résumé advising services, and information and guidance for those over 50 who want to start their own business. Through our AARP Employer Pledge Program, more than 1,000 employers have committed to age-friendly hiring and employment practices.
We offer practical help to 48 million caregivers in the U.S., with tips and advice and our free Prepare to Care guides, printed in various languages. We've also led the charge for the CARE Act — now law in more than 40 states — which requires hospitals to give families essential information when a loved one is discharged.
We engage voters and candidates on key issues for older Americans, educate the 50-plus on the various options for voting and fight for expanded ballot access, working to make voting easier for all who are eligible.
AARP has four distinct but connected parts.
AARP continually evolves and invents to meet the new realities of aging. The way people are aging is changing, but many of the products and services they need to live longer, happier lives are not available. The AARP Innovation Fund is sparking solutions by committing $40 million in three health-care areas: aging at home, preventive health and convenient access to health care.
The AARP Brain Health Fund, meanwhile, has invested $60 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund to support innovative research into treating dementia. Some 50 million people worldwide suffer from such conditions, with nearly 10 million new cases every year. And our Longevity Economy Outlook finds that Americans age 50 and up contribute so much to the U.S. economy that they would constitute the world's third-largest economy if they were counted as their own country.
By leveraging members’ collective purchasing power, AARP has transformed the way leading companies serve consumers as they age. AARP Innovation Labs helps AARP develop new products internally and engage with start-ups, academia and other experts to shape and cocreate new solutions. At the center of this work is The Hatchery, a 10,000-square-foot workspace at AARP's headquarters that brings together creative entrepreneurs to share ideas for keeping people 50 and older top of mind as they design new products and services.