Advocacy Takes Many Forms And Has Many Advantages

AARP is well-known for providing discounts for seniors on travel, entertainment, and other purchases. We recognize them for partnering on the sale of trips, tours, health insurance, auto insurance, and gadgets like life-alert products. But do you know that there’s another side to AARP, one that is interested in protecting and enriching us, not selling to us? Although they’re both under the AARP brand, there’s a big difference between AARP Services, Inc. and The AARP Foundation. I recently meandered my way into becoming active with the Foundation, and discovered that AARP’s stronghold of resources and the collective energies of active seniors can have a significant impact on our future. If you have any concerns about your own future and/or the future our children will inherit, I encourage you to read the sampling of “real possibilities” offered through AARP Membership – beyond those trips, tours, and discounts.

If you’re local to Asheville, NC, I hope to see you at our upcoming PowerUp! Gatherings in Hendersonville and Weaverville. Come meet and be refreshed by tasty treats, great beverages, and meaningful information.

Oh the possibilities you can find. The links below (in gold) represent just a sample of the resources and opportunities offered by AARP – noodle around their website and discover what speaks to you. Being active with AARP in its many variations is fun with a purpose. Serving ourselves and serving others. Isn’t that what all generations do?



Understanding AARP’s Many Faces

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. (The Umbrella Organization-by being non-partisan, they are most effective in achieving results.)

AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50 and older while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is a charitable affilliate of AARP. (Focused on Advocacy and Education pertaining to issues of importance to seniors, in conjunction with local partners.)

AARP Experience Corps, an AARP-affiliate charity, is the association’s newest program for volunteers age 50+ who want to tutor and mentor youth in their communities. Operating in 19 cities across the country, AARP Experience Corps helps to improve literacy, primarily in kindergarten through third grade. (A new program that fills a learning gap made wider by “The Great Recession” while at the same time providing seniors with meaningful inclusion opportunities.)

AARP Services, Inc., is a wholly owned taxable subsidiary of AARP and provides quality control on behalf of AARP for AARP-branded products. Through the branded products of our service providers, we make available new and better choices to our members. Among these are health and financial products, travel and leisure offerings, and life event services. AARP Services is where AARP’s mission meets the marketplace.