Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired high school principal, created AARP in 1958. The organization was the second iteration of one Andrus founded in 1947 called the National Retired Teachers Association.
One of the primary reasons Andrus created AARP was to guarantee healthcare benefits for older Americans. At the time, the federal government hadn’t yet created Medicare, meaning many seniors didn’t have coverage during retirement. Andrus worked with insurance companies directly to create policies for uninsured seniors, specifically.
AARP has changed dramatically over the years. Today, the organization is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for its members as they age through advocacy, service, education, and more. Additionally, AARP seeks to help seniors financially by partnering with other companies and organizations to provide special products, services, and discounts.
AARP’s partnership with The Hartford dates back to 1984, when the two joined forces to become the exclusive provider of insurance policies for AARP members.