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AARP - real benefit or not
« on: May 25, 2019, 04:12:05 AM »
I keep getting AARP stuff in the mail, just curious if its a real benefit or just another way to burn money for nothing.
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2019, 04:45:57 AM »
My opinion:
 A complete waste of money and I have never seen or heard of any good benefit they have done for seniors.
 I have noticed that they push for certain candidates in elections that always seem to be the ones that I don't want.

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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2019, 06:09:12 AM »
X2 what jackL said. Total waste of money!
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2019, 06:37:42 AM »
They do negotiate some decent discounts for members on certain things.  Maybe Medicare Advantage Plans, for some, would be advantageous.  You would have to read their info and make a decision.
Personally, I don't like their advertising or business.
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2019, 07:22:10 AM »
Too much junk mail. Once you're on their mailing list it takes forever to be removed.
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2019, 07:22:25 AM »
Not very fond of AARP but they provide some useful discounts (about $6.00 per month. on consumer celluar for example).

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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2019, 07:26:53 AM »
We signed up for AARP a few years back, prior to taking a 4500 mile vacation trip.  Over the course of that 2 1/2 week trip we managed not one single AARP discount.  Got more discounts for being former military than for being in AARP.  All the AARP stuff that comes into the post office box goes in the trash can right at the post office.
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2019, 07:42:58 AM »
Denny's gives an AARP discount of 15 to 20 % you must show your AARP card to  get it
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2019, 07:53:58 AM »
AARP is nothing more than a political lobby.  Because its lobbying does not align with my political beliefs I wont give them a dime.

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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2019, 08:00:54 AM »
Hi,

There are other similar groups that offer discounts on various items, related to season citizens. One of these are AMAC (Association of Mature American Citizens) They also lobby for benefits and are a more conservitive group. You would have to go to these various groups and read what they have to offer then decide. Here is AMAC's: https://amac.us/
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2019, 08:01:24 AM »
AARP is nothing more than a political lobby.  Because its lobbying does not align with my political beliefs I wont give them a dime.


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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2019, 08:29:50 AM »
Wow - much more anti-AARP sentiment than I expected.   They do do a lot of lobbying for pro-senior gov't benefits, though I can't say they have been all that effective. And since they are basically looking to increase benefits from SS and Medicare/Medicaid, they support primarily liberal politicians, some of whom are not my own choice.  Make you own call on that aspect. However, I personally like having a "seniors" lobby in Washington to help combat the many special interests that want to reduce senior benefit programs.

I get our home and car insurance through AARP-branded programs, my wife has an AARP-branded Medigap policy, and we have the Allstate Roadside Assist service (cars, not rv) thru them as well. I chose them because they provide the best deal for us (yes, I shopped around), not because they are AARP branded.

Once in awhile we take advantage of an AARP discount, e.g. Denny's restaurants.  There are quite a few such discounts if you bother to seek them out, but I don't think they are a significant reason for becoming a member unless you are an avid coupon-cutter.
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2019, 10:41:34 AM »
I get our home and car insurance through AARP-branded programs, my wife has an AARP-branded Medigap policy, and we have the Allstate Roadside Assist service (cars, not rv) thru them as well. I chose them because they provide the best deal for us (yes, I shopped around), not because they are AARP branded.
I was a member, but quit when I couldn't get them to slow down their mailings to a lesser amount. But I do use their Medigap policy and in FL from January 1st to May 15th they sponsor a free tax service. Just heard about it this year and tried it out for my mother. I was very impressed with how efficient they were. All volunteer tax workers and you go through three stages and when finished they file electronically for you.
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2019, 12:22:48 PM »
Love the AARP magazine and newspaper.  Especially the last pages with birthday wishes to all the new seniors.  It's great knowing I'm not alone on the aging scale.   ;)
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2019, 01:54:11 PM »
Too much junk mail. Once you're on their mailing list it takes forever to be removed.

Do you mean removed as a MEMBER, or removed from the random mailings you receive based on AARP using mail databases?  If the former, then this is totally contrary to my experience.  I've supported AARP for about 5 years now, and my Mom has been a member since 1984.  All it took was one very pleasant phone call and all promotional mailings were stopped immediately.  No hassle, no argument, just a friendly, professional interaction.  Both my Mom and I were originally members due to using UHC Medigap and Part D insurance, but after 5 years with them, I'd support their efforts regardless.  If you're not a member, then I suspect you are receiving solicitations based on mass mailings from address databases, and you'd have the same difficulties trying to stop these regardless of who's sending them.

I think anyone criticizing AARP by calling them a "political" something really has no clue about what they do - it's just an uneducated assumption.  They are a lobbying organization, that works to protect and promote the interests of a senior population.  Those seniors are not aligned with any particular political party or ideology. In addition, most of the issues AARP works on benefit everyone, not just the elderly.   They track and provide input on issues relevant to senior interests and then, through their publications, work to keep seniors informed on those issues.  AARP could care less about what political party someone belongs to as they simply aim to protect a large discriminated population and will align with anyone doing the same.  There is never a hint of denigrating any group or class or people (political, religious, ageism, sexual orientation, etc.) in AARP's communications, which cannot be said of many other lobbying groups.

AARP's publications are an invaluable source of information needed by seniors and include issues related to healthcare, doctor/hosp scams, phone and internet scams, updating tax issues, drug costs!!!, senior employment, starting businesses, nursing/assisted living homes, caregiver help, alternative lifestyles and much, much, more - book reviews, movies for adults reviews. They ARE NOT political articles - just the facts.  If you're not a member, or don't read the publications, then you really don't have a clue as to what AARP is all about.  I for one have learned a tremendous amount about issues from finances to healthcare from articles in AARP that would not otherwise be on the radar.  What?, you think YouTube and Facebook are gonna provide it??    AARP was the only organization/publication that Bob Dylan agreed to sit down with for an interview about a year ago after many decades of denying everyone. 

I don't support AARP because of what discounts they can provide me.  I support that they represent my interests against those who don't have my welfare in mind - regardless of their political affiliation.  I don't keep track of the many discounts they offer, although I have gotten campground discounts a couple of places by being a member.  If you're in it for the discounts, then again, you miss the point of why AARP exists.  The discounts are just perks.

As to complaints about member ship cost . . seem a little petty to me.  It's $16 annually,, or $13 if you pay for 3 years.  That's a $1 and change per month, or the cost of one restaurant meal.  Considering the benefits I receive for having representation and for the information I get about relevant issues, I can't think of any greater cost/benefit ratio I get.

It's hard for me to fathom how anyone can "not be fond of" or criticize AARP for what they do - unless maybe you're 40 or under and have determined that you're being trampled on by the interest of an older generation or two.  Wait till you get there, you may feel different.

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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2019, 01:58:30 PM »
Thanks for bringing this up, I reached AARP recruitment age a few months ago, and have been getting all sorts of limited time only offer junk mail.
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« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2019, 02:18:00 PM »
 Iím a rock ribbed conservative and proud of it. Iíve been an AARP member for almost 30 years. Have United Heathcare Medicare Advantage plan and Hartford vehicle/ house insurance. Best insurance and lowest premiums I can find.
  If I didnít use a company or organization because of SOME of their political leanings, Iíd starve to death in the dark and cold.
  I think the only way to slow down any unwanted junk mail, email, and ect. is to get very old. I get less and less every year. Down to almost none from AARP for example.

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« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2019, 02:20:38 PM »
Thanks for bringing this up, I reached AARP recruitment age a few months ago, and have been getting all sorts of limited time only offer junk mail.

This is not an issue with AARP alone nor does it reflect on what they do as an organization.  Buy a house, and you'll get dozens of offers for insurance, repair warranties; buy a car, tires, or a major appliance and you'll get the same.  Own a credit card? you'll get 3-4 offers a week from banks to get theirs.  Take out a loan and you'll get solicitations for credit insurance.  Have digital services (phone/TV) and you'll receive constant mailing from the competition AND from the service provider to update. Donate to a charity and again, you'll be inundated with requests from others most of the time. This is a JUNK MAIL sales issue, and sadly there isn't much to be done about it. Selling address databases is ubiquitous.  It's how businesses and not-for-profits all work these days. 
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2019, 02:43:09 PM »
I have not found AARP advertising to be cumbersome, i called and was removed from all AARP advertising. But they must sell their mailing lists to everyone.  I do not buy insurance etc from them. I do get a small discount on my auto insurance from Auto Owners. DW and I take the driving ďtestĒ from them periodically. Itís a good review of our driving habits. For us membership is a toss up. Iím sure DW and I blow 16 bucks now and then so weíll stay a member.
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« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2019, 05:13:28 PM »
Never liked the endorsement fees coming to AARP from the bloated "sickcare" book keepers called insurance companies but at the same time, who's got the resources to keep track of all the shenanigans in congress as they try to reduce SS/Medicare? So, I guess if you don't need/use SS/Medicare there's not much need to be in AARP.  The "discounts" of interest occasionally are the better rates at some hotels/motels and some RV parks... and if you remember, Denny's.  The magazine has some interesting stuff but by and large they are not on any leading edges... same old, same old... every month. 
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2019, 05:52:10 PM »
AARP is nothing more than a political lobby.  Because its lobbying does not align with my political beliefs I wont give them a dime.

X2  Took us over three years to get the junk mail to stop.
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2019, 06:57:11 PM »
Any interested may want to check out AMAC https://amac.us/as an alternative to AARP.  Just a thought.  :)
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2019, 07:36:34 PM »
Like many others, I could not find any discounts that would work for me where ever I was at the moment.  And I can almost always get a military discount that is the same as AARP.  And also like many others, the mailings were crazy.  I still get a couple now and then, mostly wanting me to rejoin.  Which I won't.  This is my experience.
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2019, 09:17:06 PM »
Discount for Denny's? Sounds like they are trying to kill the members.
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #24 on: May 26, 2019, 07:04:29 AM »
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Do you mean removed as a MEMBER, or removed from the random mailings you receive based on AARP using mail databases? 
Yes, I was a member for several years. I called enough times that I should have been removed. I'm glad you and several other forum members had a better experience.
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #25 on: May 26, 2019, 08:21:17 AM »
 They lost me when they sold out to an insurance company and the board turned hard left.  A parallel is the NAACP,, when it became the political arm of the Democratic party it ceased to be affective for people of color.>>>Dan
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #26 on: May 26, 2019, 08:23:57 AM »
This is not an issue with AARP alone nor does it reflect on what they do as an organization.  Buy a house, and you'll get dozens of offers for insurance, repair warranties; buy a car, tires, or a major appliance and you'll get the same.  Own a credit card? you'll get 3-4 offers a week from banks to get theirs.  Take out a loan and you'll get solicitations for credit insurance.  Have digital services (phone/TV) and you'll receive constant mailing from the competition AND from the service provider to update. Donate to a charity and again, you'll be inundated with requests from others most of the time. This is a JUNK MAIL sales issue, and sadly there isn't much to be done about it. Selling address databases is ubiquitous.  It's how businesses and not-for-profits all work these days.

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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #27 on: May 26, 2019, 08:27:29 AM »
Hi,

There are other similar groups that offer discounts on various items, related to season citizens. One of these are AMAC (Association of Mature American Citizens) They also lobby for benefits and are a more conservitive group. You would have to go to these various groups and read what they have to offer then decide. Here is AMAC's: https://amac.us/

I will leave that one in the Round File, Thanks.
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #28 on: May 26, 2019, 09:18:44 AM »
I'm also surprised at the number of people with AARP junkmail problems.  I probably get one mailed ad a week from AARP, which in my book is hardly noticeable.  Local car dealers do as much or more!   I suspect, though, if you drop your membership, they probably get aggressive trying to recruit you back.
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Re: AARP - real benefit or not
« Reply #29 on: May 26, 2019, 09:38:53 AM »
Another for AMAC, good magazine, and anyplace that discounts for AARP gives discounts for AMAC.  We have great supplemental through them.  and as much as AARP lobbies for seniors, so des AMAC.  In the long run you are supporting a conservative group vs. a liberal group.  All those claiming a benefit from AARP would receive the same or more from AMAC.  Being a senior shouldn't be a political thing, but just about everything in life is, so, pick a team or don't.

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