What do associations do for an older parent? We find out if they’re really worth joining.
Is your aging parent considering joining an association but isn’t sure which one is the right fit? There are plenty to choose from and all offer different perks, some even to other family members. As with any club, your parent will want to take a moment before signing up to make sure the benefits outweigh the costs, in order to increase their likelihood of retaining the membership. It’ll also allow them to feel confident they’re putting their precious time and energy into something that truly matters.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
AARP is one of the largest organizations for older citizens. Of the organization’s 34 million members over the age of 50, more than half are still in the workforce. The rest are retired. Members are allowed access to endless books, magazines, research reports and videos on topics such as economic security, employment, and health and wellness. They also receive discounts on prescriptions, movie tickets, restaurants and more. Spouse membership is free. It strives to help Americans continue to be physically and intellectually active by serving others and touts being an advocate for social change.
The Seniors Coalition (TSC)
This organization first started as a public advocacy group focused on repealing the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act. It’s since developed to embrace numerous issues concerning American seniors. Offering a large assortment of benefits, including home and auto insurance, hotel and car discounts and prescription discounts, TSC has no minimum age to join and is only $10 per year (or $13 per couple). TSC is also known for encouraging America’s seniors to take action and rallies members to sign petitions and participate in grass roots campaigns.
Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC)
AMAC established nearly a decade ago as a “conservative AARP,” with a focus on representing seniors whose core principles are not signified by other organizations. The group adamantly supports traditional American values of faith, family AMACand freedom and relies on member input in deciding which initiatives to put before the U.S. Congress. Most members are over the age of 50 (although it will allow those younger to apply). Common topics pursued include social security, taxes, national debt and immigrations. One membership fee covers both the individual and a spouse.
Alliance for Retired Americans (ARO)
ARO was founded in 2001 with the purpose of offering assistance in three major verticals affecting senior citizens: economic, retirement and health care. This group does not offer member discounts or benefits but instead asks members act as advocates and educators of these key issues inside their local communities.
National Association of Conservative Seniors (NAOCS)
NAOCS wants to make America’s future better. Founded on two key beliefs:
- Make life easier for American senior citizens
- Preserve conservative values in America
Two membership levels are offered, Silver and Gold. Silver is free for the first year while still granting member access to all of its benefits and discounts. Gold is only a few dollars per month and also helps members communicate directly with elected officials and politicians. Spouse membership is free.