June 5, 1988 |
As local groups go, the Burlington Area Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is so new that the ink is barely dry on its charter, but it represents one busy bunch of seniors, thanks in great part to its outgoing president, Frank Patrick Burke, and its incoming president, Frank Patrick Burke. Burke will be installed June 14 by state AARP officials as president of Burlington Area Chapter 3998, a job he has held for two years, or since he founded the local unit.
August 13, 1992 |
Many Delaware County residents, age 50 or over, may be missing out on good times. Singing, golfing, volunteering, traveling to the Poconos, even serving as line judges at football games are some of the activities offered by the local chapters of the American Association of Retired Persons. But local AARP directors say many eligible people don't know about the chapters. About 58,000 national AARP members live in Delaware County, said district director Glenn Jenkins, but fewer than 3,000 of them belong to a local AARP group.
November 4, 2000 |
The state chapter of AARP has asked State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Montgomery) to stop using a radio advertisement, saying that it can be interpreted as an endorsement of him in his congressional race against incumbent U.S. Rep. Joseph M. Hoeffel, a Democrat. In a letter faxed Thursday to Greenleaf, the organization, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, also reminded him that the name "AARP" is a trademark and could not be used without the group's permission.
October 4, 1992 |
Helen Shelton's least favorite activity is sleeping. Knitting, writing, playing the piano, traveling, singing, doing someone's taxes - that's how she fills her days. "I've always been full of pep," Shelton, 68, said recently after taking over as the new president of the Springfield chapter of the AARP, the first woman president of the chapter. Tickled about her precedent-setting presidency, Shelton said she had some fun kidding her male comrades in the AARP in the weeks leading up to her election.
June 18, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - AARP, the powerful lobby for older Americans, was hammered Friday by fellow activists for refusing to oppose any and all cuts to Social Security benefits, a position the group says it has long held as a way to extend the life of the massive retirement and disability program. The group, which has 37 million members, adamantly opposes cutting Social Security benefits to help reduce the federal budget deficit, said David Certner, the organization's director of legislative policy.
February 7, 1999 |
Thelma A. Gilbert thought the meager $667.50 she earned last year hardly made it worth filing an income-tax return. At 69, she started a job as a day-care assistant to supplement her deceased husband's railroad pension. But the job lasted just long enough for her to pay $38 in federal taxes and $8 in state taxes. "My son said, 'Thirty-eight dollars is just as good in your pocket as it is in the government's,' " Gilbert said last week as she waited to see a volunteer at the American Association for Retired Persons' free tax-filing service in Pemberton Township.
November 18, 2003 |
For the first time ever, the Medicare prescription-drug benefit announced by Republican leaders over the weekend would commit the government to picking up a big chunk of seniors' medication costs. But it is also built in part upon a complex web of fees, co-payments and deductibles that tend to exaggerate the size of the benefit and mask its costs to older Americans. Despite that drawback, the AARP, the nation's most influential seniors' group, gave the plan an important boost yesterday by announcing its endorsement, a key development as the House and Senate moved toward a vote on the proposal.
December 19, 1997 |
Every year, dozens of public opinion polls cross my desk, many of them distributed by special-interest groups. Amazingly, these surveys almost always show strong grassroots support for whatever cause that organization is pushing. The survey that arrived last week from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is in an entirely different category. It is a subtle, sophisticated and significant piece of social research, done by Thomas M. Guterbock and John C. Fries of the Center for Survey Research of the University of Virginia, under the direction of AARP's director of research, Constance Swank.
November 19, 2003 |
A handful of votes stood in the way of a prescription-drug bill and Medicare overhaul yesterday, but Democrats conceded that support by the powerful AARP seniors' lobby could ultimately sway fence-sitters to vote for the sweeping legislation. The AARP was scheduled to begin a $7 million ad blitz today to secure passage of the bill, a move that riled Democratic critics of the plan and provoked some of the AARP's 35 million members. But as some Democrats reconsidered their opposition, some conservative Republicans were reexamining their support, raising new doubts about the outcome of the legislation.
February 3, 2013 |
You may have heard that AARP started a dating site. Now we're talking. Get my walker. And my blood pressure meds. Mommy's going shopping. The site is called "How About We . . . " But I'm not sure what they mean by that name. "How About We . . . Compare Our Cholesterol?" Or "How About We . . . Have a Cup of Decaf?" Or "How About We . . . Take a Nice Nap?" So I went on the AARP website to cruise for menfolk, er, I mean, to learn more about the organization.