The American Association of Retired Persons Inc. is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that addresses the needs of the elderly and retired people in the United States. Similarly, the National Education Association-Retired serves the needs and provides benefits for retired teachers in the United States.
Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired teacher and the founder of AARP, first founded the National Retired Teachers Association in 1947 to obtain health insurance benefits and pension for retired teachers. In 1958, Andrus also founded the AARP. In 1982, the NRTA merged with the AARP and became the Educator's Community within the organization.
Aside from the NEA-Retired and the AARP, each state also operates an association for retired teachers. Some are affiliated with the AARP, while the others are purely independent organizations.