AARP Personal and Legal Rights Principles

AARP’s policies on personal and legal rights are guided by these six principles:

Ensure freedom from discrimination—people have the right to be free from discrimination.

Ensure protection and safety—people have the right to be free from crime, abuse, and neglect. Incapacitated and vulnerable adults have the right to be protected. They also have the right to be cared for respectfully.

Empower and respect personal and financial choices—people have the right to make personal and financial decisions. People who are incapacitated have the right to have their wishes carried out.

Safeguard rights—legal processes must protect individual rights. Both procedural and substantive safeguards should be in place.

Ensure redresspeople should be able to obtain redress for violations of civil rights and other statutes. All individuals should have full availability of the court system.

Ensure vigorous enforcement—policymakers should broadly interpret and rigorously enforce civil rights and other statutes.