Annotation: AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, serves people over age 50 by promoting their independence, purpose, and dignity through legislative advocacy, research, informative programs, and promoting community service. AARP has chapters in every state and over 2,500 local chapters. The association publishes AARP Magazine and the monthly AARP Bulletin. The AARP Web site provides online information, services and tools to help people 50+ get the most out of life. AARP's Web site offers information on a broad range of topics, including AARP's public policies, answers to financial planning questions, guidance on health and wellness, tips for coping with difficult life transitions, as well as opportunities to contact elected government officials, and participate in discussion groups and online courses. Publications on a variety of subjects such as health and fitness, financial and retirement planning, housing, and more are available free to both members and nonmembers. In addition to consumer education, AARP conducts and publishes research on aging issues and analyzes related national and state policies through its Public Policy Institute. AARP has a Research Information Center, which specializes in social gerontology, and an online database, AgeLine. AARP also produces "Prime Time Radio," a weekly interview program focusing on the interests of people 40 and over, and "Mature Focus Radio," which offers daily brief discussions on topics of interest to older people. Other broadcast activities include radio features in English and Spanish, educational documentaries and TV video news releases. AARP programs include: AARP Independent Living/Long-Term Care/End-of-Life Issue, AARP Driver Safety Program, Tax Aide, Senior Community Service Employment Program, and Volunteering. Some publications are also available in Spanish.
Keywords: Aging, Retirement