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