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.