The Policy Book Introduction

Welcome, Staff and Volunteers.  This is the Policy Book PLUS! 

AARP is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through advocacy, service, and information to make things better for society and play a positive role in communities of all kinds. AARP’s public policies serve as the foundation of our work to fight for people 50 and older and help them choose how they live and age.

AARP represents the needs of the more than 100 million older Americans with lifestyles and political views as diverse as any group in the United States. Our members span four generations and reflect a wide range of attitudes, cultures and lifestyles. A growing number of them work full- or part-time because they want to or must. They are business owners, entrepreneurs, teachers, caregivers and community leaders. Some are at the peak of their earning years with comfortable standards of living and others are living alone and struggling with minimal resources. AARP members have many of the same concerns as younger members of our society—particularly around financial security, health care, and the neighborhoods in which they live. Developing public policy recommendations that serve the interests of a group as diverse as people 50 and older is a formidable task.

Our challenge is to reimagine the traditional model of aging and take advantage of the wisdom, experience, interests, and contributions that older Americans make to the social capital of the nation. We want an America where people 50 and older have access to the care, information and services they need to lead healthier lives. We seek an America where people 50 and older have the financial resources and opportunities to match their longer life expectancy. We want an America where people 50 and older are seen as an integral and inspirational asset to society. We envision an America where bedrock programs like Social Security and Medicare remain strong for all older Americans, as well as their children and grandchildren.

The 2023-2024 Policy Book integrates input from AARP members and other older Americans to develop these policies through a process overseen by the AARP Board of Directors.

A note about inclusive and respectful terminology: As a social mission organization with a long history of opposing discrimination in all forms, our goal is for terminology to be as respectful as possible. We intend in all cases to be inclusive rather than exclusive.