Live Your Best Life: Joining the AARP

By: Contributor

Did you know? If you’re 50 or older, you may be able to join an organization that promotes living well after retirement. This organization is known as the American Association of Retired Persons, or the AARP for short. It was first formed back in 1958, and today, it’s still going strong. If you’re a candidate for joining the AARP, you’re going to want to keep reading...

What can the AARP do for me?

In a word: lots. The AARP can open up a whole host of new benefits. And the best part is, you don’t even actually have to be retired to join. You just have to be 50 or older. And everyone knows 50 is the new 30. Things are about to get really, really good.

When you join the AARP, you can enjoy everything from discounts on your favorite restaurants and movie theaters to deals on travel and health insurance. The benefits run far and wide, and how you use your membership is totally up to you.

What are the benefits of joining the AARP?

When you become a member of the AARP, you get an all-access pass to some of the best deals around. Here are some of the savings you can enjoy with your membership:

Entertainment and Lifestyle Discounts

  • Going to the movies? Use your AARP discount. Buying a new car? Use your AARP discount. Need a new pair of glasses (and some new vision insurance while you’re at it)? Use—you guessed it—your AARP discount.

The Best Resources

  • If you need a trusted source to provide information about healthy living, traveling or general safety in the digital age, look to the AARP. Their award-winning publications are full of the facts you need to stay healthy, happy and safe.

Free Spousal Membership

  • Good news! If you join the AARP, your spouse will also benefit from your membership. Get ready to enjoy the perks together.

Caregiving Benefits

  • If you have an aging parent or another family member who requires professional care, your AARP membership can help you find the resources you need.

Community Assistance

  • In addition to helping its members lead better lives, the AARP also strives to be a good member of the community. There are several different AARP foundations that collaborate with local communities to help the hungry, the homeless and the struggling population of older adults.

Okay, so how do I join the AARP?

Joining the AARP is simple, and you have lots of membership options. To join, make sure that you meet the membership requirements. Are you 50 or older? If so, you’re good to go.

Next, just visit the AARP’s website ( and fill out your membership form. Select the terms of membership you want—you will have the opportunity to choose from a 1- year, 3-year or 5-year membership.


Frankel, Matthew. (2015, May 3.) 5 Money-Saving AARP Perks Senior Citizens Can Take Advantage Of. can-take.aspx

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