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8 Senior Membership Organizations: Comparison

Are you a member of a senior discount membership organization? Perhaps you’re considering membership but haven’t decided on the best fit for you yet. Or perhaps membership organizations aren’t on your radar right now. Whether you’re looking to find a membership organization or switch from your current one, we’ve got all the details on the eight biggest senior discount membership organizations in the United States.

Membership of these organizations is a good investment for many seniors. Members receive a range of benefits, from medical and dental to insurance and travel. Most organizations also speak out on senior issues and advocate for a better life for citizens in their 60s, 70s, 80s and older. In fact you can benefit from some organizations from as early as age 50.

8 senior membership organizations

Not sure which organization is best for you? Our at-a-glance guide is here to help. Let’s take a look at how each organization shapes up.

Senior Membership ComparisonAgeCostSpouseDiscounts, Religious or Advocacy Group?
60Plus60FreeFreeAdvocacy
AARP50$12/yrFreeDiscounts and Advocacy
ASA50$15/yrFreeDiscounts and Advocacy
AMAC50$16/yrFreeDiscounts and Advocacy
CAP50$14.95/yrFreeDiscounts and Religious
CSAn/a$12.95FreeDiscounts, Religious and Advocacy
NAOCS60First year free, $12/yr after year 1FreeDiscounts and Advocacy
TSCno min age$10/single/yr$13 per coupleDiscounts and Advocacy

Senior Membership Organizations in Alphabetical Order

60 Plus Association

The 60 Plus Association was founded to lobby for issues it holds dear, namely free enterprise, fewer taxes and less Government. Their main priority is to end the federal estate tax and preserve social security. Does not sell supplemental insurance or provide discounts.

Membership age: 60
Cost: Free to join, donations accepted
Spouse: Free
Benefits: Does not provide specific benefits but is more an advocacy group focusing on senior issues with a special interest in less taxes, less government, and gun rights.
History: Founded in 1992
Membership numbers: Unreported
Affiliation or outlook: Nonpartisan

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American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

AARP is a large non-profit organization that offers a wide range of benefits to its 38 million members. AARP was originally founded to help retired teachers who needed help with health insurance, and now promotes a focus on quality of life at all ages, while advocating for positive social change.

Membership age: 50
Cost: Starts at $12 for the first year
Spouse: Joins free
Benefits: Banking and financial services; medical insurance; dental, hearing and eye care and purchases; insurance policies including life insurance, home, motor, pets and business; Savings on rail and air travel, car rental, cruises and hotels; discounts on a range of purchases from partners, including groceries, flowers, dining, entertainment and automotive.
History: Founded in 1959 by Ethel Percy Andrus
Membership numbers: Close to 38 million
Affiliation or outlook: Tends to be liberal leaning

American Seniors Association (ASA)

ASA was founded to be a voice for American Seniors. The organization is conservative in outlook and is built on five foundations: Rebuilding national values, reforming social security, reforming Medicare, reforming the tax code and controlling Government overspending.

Membership age: 50
Cost: Starts at $15 per year
Spouse: Joins free. There is also an option to sign up a parent for free.
Benefits: Healthcare plans including vision, dental, cancer care, lifeline cardiovascular screening; savings on prescriptions; travel club including savings on travel, hotels, resorts, restaurants and travel insurance; auto insurance and loans; financial services and loans; one touch emergency calling; fall alerts; identity theft protection; savings on cell phone plans; grocery and gift discounts.
History: Founded in 2005
Membership numbers: Unreported
Affiliation or outlook: Conservative

Association Of Mature American Citizens (AMAC)

AMAC began as a small start-up organization in 2007 and now has over a million members. AMAC was founded to provide an organization for Conservative seniors and to advocate for their interests. As well as political lobbying, AMAC offers a wide range of benefits to its members.

Membership age: 50
Cost: Starts at $16 per year
Spouse: Joins free
Benefits: Financial services including AMAC MasterCard, loans and advice; medical insurance; home, life, health and auto insurance; real estate services; roadside assistance; discounted dental and eyesight; reduced prescription costs; discounts on hotel bookings and car rental; retail savings including Office Depot, Papa John’s and 1-800-flowers; identity theft protection.
History: Founded in 2007
Membership numbers: A million plus
Affiliation or outlook: Conservative

Christian Association of PrimeTimers (CAP)

CAP was founded to provide a Christian alternative to AARP. The organization is based around strong Christian values – members don’t have to subscribe to the same values, but organizational decisions are made based on them.

Membership age: 50
Cost: Starts at $14.95 per year
Spouse: Joins free
Benefits: Retirement and savings plans; discounts at Today’s Christian Living online store; access to or discounts on home care services, doctors on call, Christian health ministries and laboratory testing; hearing devices; savings on pet care; LifeFone emergency response; life, home, health and auto insurance; legal services; real estate and moving services; discounted travel and hotel stays; discounted subscriptions to a range of Christian magazines and ministries.
History: Founded as a Christian alternative to AARP
Membership numbers: Unreported
Affiliation or outlook: Conservative, Christian

Christian Seniors Association (CSA)

CSA was originally founded to speak out about what it saw as serious issues in social security. The organization has now expanded to cover other Christian and Conservative concerns, and also offers a range of benefits to its members.

Membership age: Not Stated
Cost: $12.95 per year
Spouse: Joins free
Benefits: Insurance services including medical, dental, visual, medical supplement plans, critical illness cover and hospital indemnity; cash back benefits; prescriptions savings; travel insurance.
History: Founded in 2003
Membership numbers: Unreported
Affiliation or outlook: Conservative, Christian

National Association of Conservative Seniors (NAOCS)

NAOCS was founded to provide a voice for American seniors and to uphold Conservative values. It promotes the value of military service, small business support, strong family bonds and faith based living, and offers a range of benefits to members.

Membership age: Recommended 60+ but younger members are welcome to support the organization.
Cost: First year is free, subsequent years start at $12 a year.
Spouse: First year is free
Benefits: Discounts on hotel bookings, cruises and car rentals; grocery, restaurant and other retail savings; long term care insurance; pharmacy and doctor locator; Medicare benefits; savings on auto repairs, insurance and roadside assistance; mortgage and investment support.
History: Founded in 2012
Membership numbers: Unreported
Affiliation or outlook: Conservative, Christian

The Seniors Coalition (TSC)

The Seniors Coalition was first founded as a public advocacy group focused on repealing the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act. TSC has grown to encompass many issues of concern to American seniors. It has retained its grassroots advocacy roots while expanding the range of benefits offered to members.

Membership age: No minimum age
Cost: $10 per year
Spouse: Not included in membership – couples’ membership is $13 per year
Benefits: Auto and home insurance; savings on prescriptions; discounts on Wyndham hotels; membership of Congressional Federal Credit Union; savings on vision aids from LowVision; savings on Hertz car rentals.
History: Founded in 1990
Membership numbers: More than four million
Affiliation or outlook: Conservative

We hope this overview has given you a look at what’s available and which benefits you can benefit from. Have we missed an organization you love? Or do you have experience with one of these organizations and want to tell us about it? Let us know in the comments.

16 Comments

  1. Thanks for listing these organizations. I’ll check them out.

    I left AARP in 2009 because they supported taking $700 Billion from Medicare to put toward the ACA (Obamacare). Also AARP gets 50% of its revenue from insurance royalties. Not really advocates of seniors in my mind.

    But I’m also not sure any of the others are any “cleaner” though. It will take some checking.

    1. TRUE THAT!!!… When they were showing their truth colors,,, back on 2011, my healthy living was leaving me, and got the rest of me with: my work, my things, my credit going… bazooka!?. And, unexpectedly, my AARP insurance went skyrocket [even having a ‘Save Driver’s License’]. When I contacted them, I was told that according to Florida’s Commissioner was mandatory to increase insurance to people with bad credit [Bkz, the statistics declared *bad credit Will Be a Bad Pay Persona???… . I called the Commissioner’s Office and I discussed with them my circumstances and what AARP did using them to increase peoples [mine] insurance for their own profits [they were many people complaining about AARP] but for my surprise, the lady from the State Of Fl. Comrs. Off. told me that this was not an obligatory issue, was just a ‘Proposal’ by former K.M. McCarty. So, I called back AARP… they were acting as ‘nonchalant’ to the economical damaged that they caused me as an old customer of them with a bad ‘momentum’ at that time […but Not related to my, paying my Ins. bill]. So I switched over, contacted other Ins. companies and I got a nice deal for my persona even better that they where offering older drivers in general. They where going money hungry- increasing Seniors’ cost [for the most part older drivers wont be running crazy & all over the places as younger drivers].

  2. I found the list to be very informative and a great place to start. I appreciate the information on their affiliation or outlook. This helps me to make an informed decision based on my preference. Good Job.

  3. You didn’t mention the Association of Retired Americans (ara-usa[dot]org). Is there a reason for excluding that one?

    1. There’s also the Alliance for Retired Americans (retiredamericans[dot]org).

      I’m not a member of either and don’t know much about them. A third-party view of both would help.

  4. It would be useful for someone to actually review and test the value of the benefits and discounts.

    60-Plus, ASA and AMAC are far more stridently political than this article describes. I wouldn’t call their politics true-conservatism, particularly given the large donations of special interests and self-serving individuals like the Koch brothers. No organization that purports to serve “seniors” should be anti-ACA, but rather pro- improved health care, reduced drug costs and stabilized medicare and social security. A platform of repealing the ACA and eliminating the estate tax, which they all seem to share, is transparently myopic and not fundamentally designed to benefit seniors of all socio-economic strata.

    Is TheSeniorList independent and non-partisan, by the way? Thanks.

    1. Thanks for the feedback Lou! Yes, we absolutely could increase the value of this list by testing out each organization. Will add it to the do-to list. 🙂 TheSeniorList is absolutely independent and non-partisan. We do not endorse any of these organizations, simply providing information. Best, Amie

  5. I am trying to find something and somewhere for my 80 year young aunt to go, maybe once or twice per week. She still drives, but I would love for her to be picked up. We live in Mableton, GA. and I want the place to be a clean, safe, fun and interesting place for her to go and hang out at least twice per week.
    Can you all help me?

    1. Locally, our Senior Services provides a small bus to pick up people from their homes to participate in their activities. I believe it’s free “in town” but being 15 miles away, they would charge. It is not “adult day care” per se. It is a community center for seniors that has scheduled activities like exercise classes, line dancing, yoga, quilting, board games, lunch, etc. They DO offer in home services on a sliding scale for those that do not qualify for Medicaid. It is a non-profit. I include the link so you can have an idea of what they do, and there may be something similar nearby.

      http://www.berkeleyseniorservices.org/

  6. I was with AARP for years until their liberal agenda began using their influence and our financial support to heavily promote the LGBT agenda. They informed me they were just trying to represent all their members. Well, I’m not sure how many senior adults are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender but I would assume the vast majority are not of that persuasion. Yet, we were supporting that and thereby agreeing with their views and political lobbying. We are out!

    1. Although I am not of the lesbian/gay genders, I know many seniors who are. Often, they are raised and remain Christian or Jewish. We are all in need of safe and honest lives. You probably know someone in your own church, that represents an alternative lifestyle. They don’t advertise!

  7. I don’t think you can call 60Plus nonpartisan, while calling AARP liberal leaning. If 60Plus has the goal of reducing government, I would call them conservative. Probably Libertarian.

  8. Thank you for the detailed list of the 8 senior membership organizations. It was thorough and very informative.

    Jane Barile

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