AARP Personal and Legal Rights Principles

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

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

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

Empower and respect personal and financial choices—people have the right to make personal and financial decisions and to have their wishes carried out by and authorized representative if they are incapacitated.

Safeguard rights—legal processes must include strong procedural and substantive safeguards in order to protect individual rights.

Ensure redress—all people should be able to obtain redress for violations of civil rights and other statutes, including through full availability of the court system.

Ensure vigorous enforcement—in order to ensure personal and legal rights, policymakers should broadly interpret and rigorously enforce civil rights and other statutes.