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Thursday, October 29, 2009

AARP: Abandoning Older Adults To Serve Young Adults?

If you read the recent Roland Hansen Commentary AARP: Is the AARP Deceptive? then you already realize I have my questions of the legitimacy of AARP.

On the other hand, my ignorance really was exposed on the AARP issue when I read the hard copy October 27, 2009 USA Today article AARP starts youth movement by Laura Petrecca. Click on the following embedded link to read the USA online copy of that article which is entitled AARP offering financial advice to those in their 20s, 30s, and then feel free to provide your comments about AARP.

I am now convinced more than ever that I made the correct decision for myself when I did not renew my AARP membership. I think others such as myself, i.e. persons of retirement age, should have a real organization to represent our interests. It is clear to me that AARP has abandoned us.

4 comments:

Hooda Thunkit (Dave Zawodny) said...

Roland,

When I run across the name of the already started alternate group again, I'll send it to you so that you'll have it ;-)

Roland Hansen said...

HTDZ,
Thanks. I think these nonprofit special interests groups should be held accountable for their original missions, Should they abrogate or fail in their original stated goals, their nonprofit tax status should be rescinded. If they wish to change their goal, they should dissolve their original organization and start a new one and be required to re-apply for nonprofit status with the IRS.
March of Dimes could be an exception in my mind, but even there, MofD should have dissolved and re-organized under a new name even though the same people could have stayed with the new organization.

Tim Higgins said...

Roland,

I am with you Amigos, and am merely waiting for my membership to run out.

The alternative that you might be looking for is the American Seniors Organization.

http://www.americanseniors.org/Pages/home.aspx?Images=/images/index_new.gif

Ben said...

Roland, I read your original post and basically agree.