AARP - Requesting Membership from Me. . . AGAIN!

  1. O. K. I honestly don't think of myself as a candidate for AARP. To my eyes, AARP is only for people well into their 90s. But alas, I guess I meet their minimal age criteria: over 50. They've sent me another request form for membership. AGAIN! (What I thought was) my most loving wife is suggesting that I consider joining! (Come on, Amy!! You're supposed to support your husband, not remind him that he's getting older!! At least humor him!) It seems that my "loving" wife is eying the discounts associated with AARP, especially the travel discounts.

    So. . . to anyone who may be a member of AARP. . . . is being a member worthwhile? Are the travel (and other discounts) worth the membership fee (I think it's $17/year or something like that)??

    I might just join this year. . . . maybe. . . . .
  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   tntrn
    I think you can join AARP when you are 48. We were invited many years ago. However, we recently dumped AARP and now are members of AMAC. Nice that there are now choices for a retirement organization, not just AARP.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    We did the same thing---we were AARP members for years, but fled to AMAC because it's so much closer to our values. AARP, unfortunately, is in the back pocket of the Democratic Party and the president, and the good they do is outweighed by their politics IMHO. But that's just me.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Haven't joined yet - they do find you though, don't they? :icon_roll

    I refuse to join AARP as well. When we do decide to join something, it will be AMAC.

    Of course because Viva, Tntrn and Spidey are fleeing AARP . . that will probably make Ted decide to join AARP ASAP.
  6. by   Ted
    Geeze. . . the last thing I had on my mind when I started this thread was politics.

    Just for the heck of it. . . now that politics has been brought into the picture. . . I'll do a little research into AARP and figure out why the politically "conservative community" is "fleeing" it. Steph, it is funny that you should suggest that I'd join AARP because you all are running away from it! LOL! But all I'm really interested in is worthwhile discounts, kind of like what AAA gives. Curious, is AAA associated with some kind political activism??? Geeze. . . .

    Here's to getting older. . . and politics. . . .
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Well, it's unfortunate that AARP stuck it's collective foot into politics . . but they did.

    So, hard to differentiate that from the idea of getting old enough to join AARP.

    It is frustrating though that we get those notices in the mail WAY BEFORE WE ARE READY

    "I'm not old, I have a 10 year old son!"
  8. by   TopazLover
    I believe it is always the 50th birthday present. It should come just about the time you get your cleansing for your colonoscopy. I hear lots of complaints and jokes about AARP, just think of it as a wake up call for the deep look
  9. by   Ted
    Steph - You have a 10 year old son? Aren't you too young to have a 10 year old son? (Just trying to score brownie points. ) I still haven't taken the time to figure how and to what extent AARP has involved itself into politics. If they're simply taking a stand to support programs like Social Security and Medicare (and advocating that these programs remain intact), then, heck yes!, I applaud their "political involvement". At some point in time I'll research the political activities of AARP. I'll also research AMAC and its "collective feet" into political activities as well. If my purely speculative impressions regarding AMAC are correct, then I'll probably stick with AARP. LOL! :spin:

    - Yep. Started getting offers to join AARP when I turned 50. By the way, I had my first colonoscopy at the age of 49, after I found out about my mother's cancer. I'll gladly sacrifice my "bun-hole" to the long and angry-looking tube in order to screen for colon cancer. The worst part of the entire process was the "prep". I'm due for another colonoscopy this year. NOT looking forward to the "prep"!!! But the actual procedure is no big deal, thanks to such drugs like Versed. (Versed is a wonderful thing!!!)

    We all might not see eye to eye regarding politics, at least we can all agree with one thing: being reminded that we're getting older can be quite a downer sometimes! LOL!!

    To the people here 50 and older. . . . . . . AND. . . . &
    Last edit by Ted on Apr 13, '12 : Reason: spelling. . . .
  10. by   Ted
    O. K. . . . I still haven't received any information as to whether such programs like AARP or AMAC are worth joining. LOL!

    Politics aside (for just a little while, please), are they worth the membership? How generous are the membership discounts to things like travel, insurance and other things? This aging mind want to know! LOL!

    Thank you. . . .
    Last edit by Ted on Apr 13, '12
  11. by   herring_RN
    Seems both are connected with lots of corporations. Both are political.
    Both make money. Both sell insurance.

    AMAC -- AMAC: President Obama Trades Our Constitutional Rights For Votes | AMAC, Inc.

    AARP --
    Last edit by herring_RN on Apr 13, '12
  12. by   Ted
    Thanks for the info, herring_RN. It does seem hard to seperate the politics from the programs like AARP and AMAC. I'm in no rush to join anything at the moment, unless there's proven history of the program being beneficial (significant discounts, etc.). Even the discounts provided by AAA are modest at best. I'll just stick with AAA for now, and continue to grow old ungracefully. LOL!
  13. by   herring_RN
    I'm way old enough but not a joiner. DH and i have Medicare supplement insurance.

    I run into the same people from the political Alliance for retired Americans sometimes. Their issues sometimes overlap with those of my nurses association.
    Alliance for Retired Americans

    Here are some recent pictures -- Stop the Baloney! Medicare For All Rally
  14. by   Tweety
    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    We did the same thing---we were AARP members for years, but fled to AMAC because it's so much closer to our values. AARP, unfortunately, is in the back pocket of the Democratic Party and the president, and the good they do is outweighed by their politics IMHO. But that's just me.
    I'm not going to argue politics in dear Ted's great thread, but in my opinion you're wrong.

    AARP is the largest, richest, most powerful political lobby in the country and they have politicians from both parties in their pocket, but the Tea Party started this myth that they are an arm of the democratic party and that's hogwash because of a few liberal ideas and endorsements, and standing up to the budget cutting congress. Up until then they had plenty of conservative members and still do. Why to you think conservatives in congress are afraid to touch social security except for those under the age of 55? They fear the AARP lobby.

    Still having another alternative to the most powerful lobby in the country can only be a good thing, even if it's misguided (in my opinion).

    Carry on with your thread Ted that's all I'll say I promise. I'm the same age as you and I'm too young to consider joining it considering I have 17 more years to retire and those issues aren't mine yet, and I don't don't have a lifestyle that needs those discounts yet.

    A couple of my over 55 friends gladly insist on their Senior discount to save $2.00 at the movies, or $1.00 off a haircut, and God forbid you don't give a senior is 10 cents off his coffee, there will be hell to be paid. I on the other hand proudly pay youthful full price. Then again here in Florida we'd go broke if there were too many discounts for seniors.
    Last edit by Tweety on Apr 13, '12