AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, is the nation's leading organization for people age fifty and older. Founded in 1958 by retired educator Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, it is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association dedicated to shaping and enriching the experience of aging for its members and all Americans. It serves its 32 million members' needs and interests through information and education, research, advocacy, and community services, all of which are provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. Through its publications, web site, and forums, AARP informs members and the public about consumer issues, economic security, work, health, and independent living issues. AARP also engages in legislative, judicial, and consumer advocacy in these areas. It offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including Modern Maturity magazine and the monthly AARP Bulletin.
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