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February 2002: "Founded in 1958 by retired California educator, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) today represents more than 34 million members. Over half of our members are working, either full or part-time, while the remainder are fully retired.

The collective strength of our membership enables us to serve the broader community, improving the quality of life for all people as they get older. We know that healthy aging requires an early start; therefore, our social responsibility extends to all segments of American society. It also includes sharing strategies and information with organizations across the globe."

Third-Party Descriptions

September 2013: "Many Americans may recoil at the senior label, but most are happy to enjoy the discounts. AARP reports that 80 percent of its 37 million members say they take advantage of its discounts or deals each year. The Web site lists more than 270,000 offers pegged to people 50 and older, double the number from years ago."

July 2008: "Kaiser Permanente, Delta Dental and AARP are among organizations very much like VSP, which was established in 1955 and granted tax exemption in 1960. Five years ago, after an examination of VSP’s finances and operations from 1996 to 1998, the I.R.S. revoked its tax exemption."

May 2008: 'Mr. Grassley and Mr. Kohl have introduced a bill to upgrade nursing home care and increase the penalties for violations of federal standards. The maximum fine, now generally $10,000, would be increased to $25,000 for a serious deficiency and $100,000 for one that resulted in a patient’s death....Influential consumer groups support the bill. David P. Sloane, senior vice president of AARP, the lobby for older Americans, said it was “one of the most significant nursing home reform initiatives” in two decades.'

March 2007: AARP plans to file a brief backing Ms. Coke, arguing that the increased pay that would result from requiring overtime coverage would reduce turnover among home care aides and help prevent a shortage.

March 2005: Responding to a lawsuit filed by AARP and six retirees, a federal judge in Philadelphia has entered an order that temporarily blocks a Bush administration policy under which millions of older retirees could lose some or all of their employer-sponsored health benefits.

January 2005: "We believe it’s important to fight age discrimination in the workplace, whether it’s in Hollywood or Peoria," says Tom Osborne, an attorney with AARP Foundation Litigation who is handling the cases. "While Hollywood writers are the ones directly affected, their cases help spotlight the problem of ageism in America—and give fair warning to employers in other industries."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) AARP Source Dec 17, 2007
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) AARP Bulletin Source Aug 8, 2004
Cooperation (past or present) Founder/Co-Founder of AARP Foundation Organization Sep 5, 2011
Status/Name Change from American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Organization Jan 12, 2005
Cooperation (past or present) MetLife, Inc. (Metropolitan Life Insurance Company) Organization Dec 12, 2006
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Modern Maturity Source Sep 7, 2006
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Mary Bach Person Aug 5, 2004
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Sally Hurme Esq. Person Jun 1, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Sid Kirchheimer Person May 3, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) William "Bill" D. Novelli MA Person Mar 12, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Susan Reinhard Person Mar 10, 2008
Organization Executive (past or present) Jean Setzfand Person Jul 28, 2007
Organization Executive (past or present) Jim Toedtman Person Sep 28, 2008

Articles and Resources

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Date Resource Read it at:
Sep 09, 2013 Hey, Senior Discount, You Look Pretty Youthful!

QUOTE: Welcome to the flexible and often generous world of senior discounts, where prime of life can be considered old and even the wealthy are entitled to special deals. It is a land of shifting perspectives reflecting the realities, economic and otherwise, of a graying America.

New York Times
Mar 08, 2011 AARP Sues U.S. Over Effects of Reverse Mortgages

QUOTE: AARP, the seniors’ organization, filed suit Tuesday against the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which regulates reverse mortgages. The suit asserts that policy changes by HUD are pushing older homeowners into foreclosure.

New York Times
Jan 18, 2010 Scam Alert: No PIN at the Pump: You swipe your debit card, and ‘skimmers’ swipe your money

QUOTE: “skimming,” in which crooks place a portable card-reading device—readily available over the Internet—inside the pump. When the customer inserts his debit card and enters the required personal identification number, the device captures both the data from the card’s magnetic stripe and the PIN.

Jan 01, 2010 Consumer Confidential

QUOTE: Do you know when you're being hustled by bankers, mortgage brokers, and investment peddlers? Check out our tip sheet on financial pros' everyday deceptions—and how to protect yourself against them

AARP Bulletin
Oct 04, 2009 Discrimination by Insurers Likely Even With Reform, Experts Say: Economic Pressure Could Give Rise to New Biases Against Prior Conditions

QUOTE: simply banning medical discrimination [in health insurance] would not necessarily remove it from the equation, economists and health-care analysts say.

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2009 States seek tests for older drivers

QUOTE: A looming "gray wave" of Baby Boomers expected on the nation's highways over the next two decades has prompted states to launch programs aimed at allowing seniors to keep driving as long as they can without endangering themselves or others.

Jul 01, 2009 Tempting Targets: How Can We Protect Against Elder Abuse During a Down Economy?

QUOTE: The numbers show a spike in elder abuse nationwide, and experts say it’s driven by the economic stress of gutted investments, lost jobs, slashed salaries and foreclosed homes.

Jul 01, 2009 Scam Alert: Home, Stolen Home: Forged deeds can give crooks the keys to your castle

QUOTE: House stealing is a fast-growing and easy scam. Once a home is targeted... scammers find out who owns it by searching public records. To prove how easy this scam is, William Sherman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Daily News in New York, bought the Empire State Building with doctored documents.

Jun 15, 2009 How Much Does a Hospital Owe for Causing a Patient’s Death? The Verdict (Hear Ye! Hear Ye! )

QUOTE: In April 2008, the court upheld the gross negligence finding. Athena Hogue received the damages award earlier this year {for hospital gross negligence]

Jun 01, 2009 The Law: Waiving Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Contracts

QUOTE: Many [nursing home] facilities include provisions requiring that residents and their families accept binding arbitration and forgo use of the court system to resolve a wide range of disputes.

Jan 06, 2009 The Law: Changes in Retirement Plans. The issue: Is an employer liable if employees don’t understand changes in retirement plans?

QUOTE: older workers like Broderick who are switched from a defined benefit plan to a cash-balance plan generally face a significant decrease in benefits as a result....Employers must clearly communicate changes in employee retirement plans. If you’re confused, take the initiative and contact your company’s human resources officer.

Sep 17, 2008 Outrage: Widow Loses Out on Spouse’s Insurance

QUOTE: ...Spherion changed life insurance providers while Amschwand was ill. He requested a copy of the new policy numerous times but was told that it wasn’t ready yet and that he shouldn’t worry. Amschwand never saw the policy, which his widow received a year after his death. And only then did Bellinger discover that the new policy contained a clause requiring employees to work at least one day during the policy period...

Jul 16, 2008 Vision Insurer to Ask Justices to Restore Its Tax Exemption

QUOTE: The country’s largest eye-care insurance program plans to ask the Supreme Court to decide whether the Internal Revenue Service properly revoked its tax exemption in 2003, company executives said Tuesday. The proposed filing, by VSP Vision Care of Rancho Cordova, Calif., highlights a major debate in the nonprofit arena over what activities deserve tax exemption when most nonprofit groups charge fees for services and products to supplement their income from charitable donations.

New York Times
May 27, 2008 Risks of ID theft in a lifetime (Financial Literacy 2008 - Protecting your identity part 14 of 18)

QUOTE: While most Americans are doing more to protect themselves from identity theft, others allow themselves to be more vulnerable. The greatest risk is to the 25- to 34-year-old age group. The good news is that as we get older, we're less likely to become a victim.
May 15, 2008 Serious Deficiencies in Nursing Homes Are Often Missed, Report Says

QUOTE: The accountability office found that state employees had missed at least one serious deficiency in 15 percent of the inspections checked by federal officials. In nine states, inspectors missed serious problems in more than 25 percent of the surveys analyzed from 2002 to 2007.

New York Times
Mar 03, 2008 Despite City Law, Few Assisted Living Centers Licensed

QUOTE: Most assisted living centers in the District have not been licensed or inspected eight years after the D.C. Council mandated government oversight of the facilities ...As a result, consumer advocates say, some of the District's most vulnerable residents have been left at greater potential risk for abuse and neglect...

Washington Post
Jul 20, 2007 Senate Panel Investigates How Insurers Sell to Elderly

QUOTE: A Congressional committee has opened an investigation into companies that train sales agents to market themselves to older consumers through impressive-sounding credentials and controversial tactics.

New York Times
Jun 19, 2007 States Face Decisions on Who Is Mentally Fit to Vote

QUOTE: Rhode Island is among a growing number of states grappling with the question of who is too mentally impaired to vote. The issue is drawing attention for two major reasons: increasing efforts by the mentally ill and their advocates to secure voting rights, and mounting concern by psychiatrists and others who work with the elderly about the rights and risks of voting by people with conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

New York Times
Jun 01, 2007 Risky Business: The gaming industry courts older gamblers.

QUOTE: older gamblers are especially vulnerable to wagering more than they can afford, experts say. The number of older problem gamblers is rising as boomers age, while programs that serve problem gamblers are already too few, overextended and underfunded.

May 30, 2007 The Ethicist: Age Old Problem

QUOTE: You (as well as your siblings) have an ethical obligation to see that your mother is well cared for, a task you’ve shouldered admirably, not a duty to make her your permanent roommate. But I suspect that you were not contemplating leaving her at the curb on recycling day, just lamenting the current arrangement.

New York Times

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