All persons that join AARP, Inc. -the organization formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons- receive an AARP membership card. As of March 2015, anyone over the age of 50 can join the group for the annual fee of $16.
The American Association of Retired Persons was founded in 1958 as a non-profit service dedicated to meeting the needs of people over the age of 50. Since then, the organization has become a powerful voice for retired people and lobbies politicians to ensure the needs of AARP members are met.
AARP membership includes access to a wide array of benefits, including discounts on air and rail travel, car and truck rentals, cruises and tours, hotels and resorts, and dining and entertainment. Members also have access to travel planning advice and roadside assistance services. Group discounts on health insurance -including Medicare supplement plans and prescription coverage- help members save money while getting needed care.
The organization also features local chapters where older persons can gather to discuss common issues; local advocacy groups help seniors find a voice in every level of government. AARP members receive 'AARP The Magazine' each month, which provides news and information pertinent to the issues older Americans face.