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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 the 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

Christ Above Politics (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 $15 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: 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; cashback 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: The 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.

102 Comments

  1. I have been a member of AMAC for several years now BECAUSE I would not support AARP (the deep state, globalist organization that pushed for Obamacare and aligns itself with the Democrat party). AMAC has been a great source of honest news, current events, health advice, Social Security and Medicare advice (though I’m not eligible yet), and great discounts. I have been using Traveler’s Insurance for a few years now and they were by far the least expensive we have ever found. I also have their cell service for $20 per month (unlimited talk and text with some data, but I use Wifi for data anyway). They also have a $10 plan that is great for seniors that just need an emergency phone when they travel (I think it’s 400 minutes of talk and 300 texts per month, with very limited data). They are also going to be introducing a great small business VoIP service (UCaaS) for about $25 per month that comes with a free desk phone, by years end 2019. This is a great price for residential service too since most people are still paying $50 to $60 per month and that doesn’t include L.D. This is a first among any of the senior orgs. as far as I have found. This is a big deal because it includes long distance anywhere in the US and Canada, and about 40 other advanced features you just don’t get on landlines. Besides, landline service is going away over the next few years because it is too expensive and too limited. AMAC is conservative, advocates for fixing SS and Medicare, restoring the Constitution, a balanced budget, an end to the ridiculous coup the Democrats have been attempting for years, etc. It is also growing very fast. (Over 2 million members now.)
  2. This may sound like a silly question, but how do you sign up on your own? Just go through each Insurance company? For example, you’d call Aetna directly and sign up? Those of you who did it on your own, did you call every company to get quotes?
  3. Listening to the Ben Ferguson Show and him offering free 1yr membership to AMAC, I decided to check this out. See, the problem I have with these entities is they are geared more for people living in urban settings, and maybe more Northern states. I live in a small town in the North part of Louisiana (no, not close to New Orleans, I’m closer to Dallas and Memphis). #1. AARP offers insurance from The Hartford. Fine. They don’t write insurance in Louisiana. #2. AMAC offers insurance from Travelers. Fine. They don’t write insurance in Louisiana. Plus, when I was 5 days late with house insurance payment for Mom’s house in Coastal Texas, they dropped us like a hot potato. They didn’t want the hurricane liability. #3. Restaurant discount with AMAC for Friendly’s. Fine. The closest one to me is in Myrtle Beach, SC, 850 miles away. Besides, I ate at one in Jamestown, NY a few years ago and ended up getting sick, so I don’t want to go to one anyway, although my nephew in Massachusetts loves them. #4. AARP has discounts for 15 restaurants. Fine. We only have Outback. I have to drive 2 hours to Shreveport to go to Denny’s. I have to drive 4 hours to Baton Rouge to go to Joe’s Crab Shack and Bonefish Grill. I have to drive 5 hours to Lafayette to go to Landry’s. The rest are not located in the South, or if they are, they are only in the largest cities such as Dallas-Ft. Worth, Birmingham, Memphis, or Atlanta. I’m not going to drive 5 hours plus to go eat. #5. As for hotels, I’m already a member of many due to my frequent business travels, so their $5 off does not interest me, plus sometimes hotels will not give you their points if you use a discount. #6. As for phones, well, if you aren’t on ATT or Verizon in my area, you won’t get decent coverage. The cheaper alternatives (like Cricket) get kicked off in the middle of calls. Even Sprint barely has a presence here with 1 store to Verizon’s 8 and ATT’s 6 stores. And T-Mobile is non-existent here. Even the “Conservative Alternative” that Ben Ferguson advertises is not in my area. I already have life insurance and I already have financial planning, and I’m not old enough for Medicare, plus I get med insurance through the large company I retired from, so I already have great rates for good coverage and low deductibles, so what’s the purpose of these programs for people like me that live in Podunkville, Southland?
    1. The services you mention are provided as a perk to those that can benefit from them. Granted, your choice to live in Podunkville renders those services less attractive to you, but then you are probably used to less availability as a result of your choice. The true benefit to any of us is being able to be a part of a like-minded group that uses its funds (membership fees) to advocate for conservative values that benefit its senior members instead of left-leaning values such as are being advocated by AARP. Associations for seniors aren’t necessarily going to interest every senior, but I am glad there are conservative alternatives. The discounts are just an added bonus. You know, you should contact your local organizations that you frequent and see if they would be willing to offer an AMAC discount.
  4. This may have been already covered as I haven’t read all the responses here… Six out of the ten organizations reviewed identify themselves as “conservative” or “Christian/conservative”. Too much fragmentation and overlapping of efforts. Why don’t the leaders of these six have a big meeting, iron out minor differences, join forces, unite under one banner, and then become a credible and large threat to AARP? As long as each of these Christian/conservative groups are doing their own thing AARP is not the least bit worried. A united organization would then have the clout and financial resources they need to do TV and radio advertising to build their membership. A divided house can not stand.
    1. RAFO, that makes sense. Always good to have options but if they are all mostly aligned why not merge and strengthen. By the way Amie, thank you for the list. Having the “At A Glance” is very helpful.
    2. RAFO, I agree! I think it would be brilliant to join forces and really pose a threat to AARP. Problem probably is WHO gets to be the “CEO.” If only there weren’t such big egos in the world but then, perhaps without them, there wouldn’t be ANY alternatives to AARP. I’m thrilled to know there are options as we’ve yet to join any sr. group like this mostly because I refused to join AARP on the basis of their politics. Maybe these conservative/Christian-conservative can at least pay the same lobbyists in Washington!!!!
      1. I personally have postponed joining any one because of the fragmentation. While consolidation would give clout, I think the bigger benefit would be the greater membership draw. I would have already joined one had there been a single strong conservative option.
  5. Thank you for your list as it gave me a lot to go on. The list including the values of each group is also advantageous as most seniors like me were raised in a totally different way than the youth of today. Yes, we do have a choice who we choose to support in regards to representing OUR values. Good luck to those who are looking and not just following. Blessings, Randy
      1. There’s a very large segment of the NASCAR fan base that are seniors. When looking at senior associations consider which insurance companies they are affiliated with and ask for a quote from each one and compare. AARP has greater buying power because there are over 38 million members compared to fewer than 5 million for every one of the other associations listed above. If your reason for paying a membership fee is to lower your costs and to have senior issues lobbied in D.C. then AARP is by far the #1 association – which is why they have been around for 60 years and have more members than any other group. For me, personally, there’s not another insurance company out there that provides auto and homeowner’s insurance for as low a price as AARP / The Hartford does. And I get quotes every single year to make sure I’m paying the lowest insurance premiums possible while maintaining the highest rates of coverage.
        1. I don’t think anyone can discuss my political options much less give money to a campaign in my name. I am an AARP member. It is my money.
        2. Hmm, I am not a member of AARP or any other seniors group but have received plenty of information and quotes for Medicare supplement insurance from AARP. Their quoted premiums were and are much higher than other insurance carriers, including Aetna. If access to lower cost Medicare supplement insurance is your reason for joining AARP, don’t waste your time! As for auto and homeowners insurance, I am currently insured with Travelers because it is a reputable company and offered the lowest premiums I could find. I see from AMAC’s website that they offer members a discount on Travelers insurance. I will look into this and probably sign up with AMAC.
  6. For all who want ACA, realize you are asking for (eventually) No Choice. This is never the best option. Ask the Veterans about their VA experiences.
    1. I have been using the VA Medical System for 100% of my healthcare for six years. Due to a Vietnam injury, my healthcare care is 100% free. I am 100% satisfied with the doctors, staff and medicines provided. The VA Medical Center provides all MRI’s, CAT scans, lab work, prescription drugs, and they are awesome!
      1. Keith, I agree with you. Although I have to pay for my prescriptions, the care I receive at the VA is head & shoulders above any private hospital I’ve patronized. I’m truly glad the VA Medical Centers exist.
        1. I am glad you are well taken care of. All vets should be. However it’s rather apparent that not all VA facilities work as well as the ones you utilize.
      2. Thank you for your response. I’m a veteran that uses VA Medical System and I’m very satisfied with my care. No system is perfect, including private hospital care, but you can’t get much better than 100% coverage. I count myself as being very fortunate to have the VA for my healthcare.
      3. As a veteran of the 1960s seeing service in Southeast Asia, I have used the VA Medical Care System for many years. Granted, in the early years it was not the best, but, it has drastically improved over the years. I have received satisfactory treatment for a multitude of health problems. I do not agree with the discrimination practiced by the system. EXAMPLE: Two veterans, (Veteran #1) Joins, serves, experiences no injuries or service related disease, receives an honorable discharge, and due to lack of ambition or pure laziness, earns a fairly low income. Then receives VA provided medical care and prescription drugs for Free, as well as, gets paid mileage for travel to and from the VA facilities. (Veteran #2) Joins serves, experiences no injuries or service related disease, receives an honorable discharge and diligently goes to work, constantly striving to and succeeds in increasing his financial situation. As a result of his hard work, the VA rewards him for becoming a contributor to society by requiring him to provide transportation without compensation to and from VA facilities, pay a Co-Pay for all medical services, as well as, pharmacy. WHY should the government discriminate against one veteran over the other, when, both veterans served this country the same? Like most government programs, it rewards the Lazy and penalizes the Productive!!!
    2. Single Payer is the best choice. Take the insurance company out of the equation. They serve no purpose except to get between you and your healthcare while they are picking your pocket.
      1. Be aware that “single-payer” implies “single-customer” and “single-decision-maker” Every election can mean a complete change in the customer’s instructions about our health care. The government is never the best choice, but for some things, like national security, it is the only way. Whenever there is an option to government control, the option is much better.
      2. So, you’d rather have the government deciding what is best for you, is your life worth the financial cost of attempting to save it? Really? You lose, we all lose.
        1. YES. Government HAS to be fair. Insurance companies….not so much. You’ve got to look at what motivates an entity.
      3. Look at what Medicaid in your state covers and then compare it to coverage during lean years in your state. Sadly when times are hard services are cut. That’s what will happen with single payer.
      4. I am an RN and worked with a nurse whose sister worked as an RN in the UK with socialized medicine. With socialized medicine there is care rationing, period. Panels decide how resources are best allocated. The way it works is; say for example two women have stage 3 breast cancer. One is 37 and the other is 74. With the 37 yr old, they will use available new technologies to go for the cure. The 74 yr old; they will give pain meds and make as comfortable as possible but they look at the 74 yr old as not being as big of a contributor to the economy as the 37 yr old. Also the wait time for “non-urgent” care is much longer. Now ask yourself who decides what is non-urgent. Is severe pain and in need of hip replacement; you may have a six month wait in a country with socialized medicine. This is the way it is over there. Why do you think Mick Jagger had his heart valve replacement surgery here in the US. People with no knowledge of healthcare systems should not be giving opinions touting the benefits of a single payer system until they do the research. With medicare you still have choices and some premium money is paid. With a single payer government run system, there is no choice and who in the world would want to trust government with all that power. I can guarantee you one thing, the politicians pushing the single payer system will not have it for themselves or their families; they will continue to have their free Cadillac plans paid for by taxpayers for the rest of their lives after they retire. And you and I will be stuck with the garbage they heap on us.
        1. My husband is 51 & I am 50. He wanted me to sign him up for AARP when he turned 50 and I told him no because they are extremely liberal and go against most of our values. I have just started to look for an alternative. Thank you for listing these for us to review. Still not sure if we will join any but I am glad to know there are several other options. One thing I can say we DO NOT need government deciding our medical treatment. Medicare began because of government (they are putting it aside for you and won’t touch it.) They have their hands all in it now and all they took from us could be gone before we retire. I didn’t get to choose this awful retirement plan. I believe I could have done a better job managing the money they make us give out of our paychecks. Anyone who thinks the government is the best way for you to be taken care of must not pay much attention to what is going on in our government. And must not know much about history. Keep your people uneducated and you can control them. Look around at the unfortunate youth coming out of our public schools today. A large amount can not do basic math and many can’t read but they graduated high school.
          1. You are absolutely correct. We joined AARP not knowing their very liberal views, I see many members commenting on how they disagree with AARP’s views and the articles they post. They use their own liberal views to try to make changes that many of their own members disagree with without even polling for members opinions on what they support, that is what’s driven me to look for another organization, when I find the one I think is the best alternative I’ll post it on AARP’s website daily until they kick me off.
        2. “The way it works is; say for example two women have stage 3 breast cancer’ One is 37 and the other is 74. With the 37 yr old, they will use available new technologies to go for the cure. The 74 yr old; they will give pain meds and make as comfortable as possible but they look at the 74 yr old as not being as big of a contributor to the economy as the 37 yr old.” That ignores the fact that 74 year old is an “already contributed” 50+ years to the economy and to the ‘general social good’, which brought us to this point where we can offer health care to everyone. Therefore the elder patient has a contributor’s right to tap the system’s resources. The 37 year old at this point has contributed up to 18 years into the system but can continue to tap the resource for the rest of his/her life. It’s not up to the medical system to weigh the 74 year old’s value, it’s up to medicine to treat its elders equally.
          1. C. J. Stevens, it would be nice if it worked that way, but it does not. A friend with a 78 year old British mother, brought her mother here to the States for treatment for colon cancer. She’s doing well. They denied her all but palliative care in GB
        3. Thank you Pete! Well said! I certainly do not want my healthcare decisions made by nameless government bureaucrats. Nor do I want the exorbitant expense of single payer passed on to my children and grandchildren.
    1. I’ve seen bad reviews on Travelers Auto Insurance. Have you gotten that and if so, have you had any problems? Have you had a claim or gone into your second year with them?
  7. The information provided is useful. However; Without an actual test of each’s benefits it difficult to make any kind of informed decision. I await your published results if his testing.
  8. Wow, it looks as though most of these advocacy groups exist to advocate the end of programs that benefit seniors. You’d either have to be rich or a fool to join them.
    1. 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.
      1. You are right – that is the reason I left them as well. They are very liberal and are more interested in making money rather than supporting senior issues.
        1. Neither are the rest that are listed. Looks like political action groups to take money from seniors. Sad world we live in.
          1. Too true. Some started with good intentions, others didn’t get that far. PACs – in it for the money and their agenda.
      2. Thank you, I knew there were some issues with AARP, but didn’t have any specifics. This prompted me to do some research and you are absolutely correct. AARP doesn’t seem to be a friend to those who make up it’s organization.
      3. Looking to leave AARP. Is there an alternative that you know of? Do you know if any of these are any better….ASA or 60 Plus or AMAC?
      4. Agree, I left AARP in 2009 because of their endorsement of ACA (Obamacare). They knew it had a negative impact of Medicare and they did not care. Political leanings were more important than their members. I wrote a letter when my husband and I left. I had to go onto ACA when I retired at 62. My doctors were not a part of any plan in my area. I have ulcerative colitis and could not find a dr. I had to go on a cash basis for both my doctors, had a $6000 deductible, which meant I had to pay for everything. I paid my over $200 per month for nothing only to be charged a tax penalty of $1500 when I had to take money out of my 401K to pay for my medical bills. The ACA was a nightmare for a senior and many many others.
        1. I did the research, and he is absolutely correct. It is there for you to see if you care to look for facts instead of hurling insults.
  9. I’d hate to join AARP again, but their Consumer Cellular 5% discount pays 150% of the membership fee (on a $30 plan). AMAC, which I would LIKE to join is teamed-up with some run-from-a-basement ClubCellular with crappy old flip phones and used iPhones at high prices.
    1. I understand that, but what AARP supports, and how it will hurt you in the long run is worth a few more bucks on your cellular bill.
      1. We have our cell phone thru T-mobile 55+ plan. I pay around $72. If I were not paying for a phone and another device purchased thru them, my bill would total $55 per month. Two lines unlimited everything. Yeah, I know they talk about “throttling” data after so much data use. We have no internet service available where we live(Windstream here, but having had their service, it’s the same as unavailable), and use our hotspot capabilities for everything. And I’ve NEVER been throttled.
    2. I was not happy with AARP’s cell phone service plans. . I switched my Mom back to her Metro PCS..they have good rates and coverage in the NYC area. She is also happier with her phone from Metro, the senior friendly phone was not for her.
    3. See if you can get the discount without having to be a member of AARP. I would not be surprised if they would give you the discount anyway. There are many good low cost options for sell service out there if you shop around. My son just signed up for Google Fi, unlimited calls and text, built in VPN, and works world wide with no additional cost. The monthly rate is lower than any of the major carriers by far.
    4. Check out Tello. I have a basic plan for $10/month, with 1 GB, unlimited minutes and texts. Other plans available if needed. I bought an iPhone 6 from them a few months ago for $199. I’m not a heavy user, so this meets my needs at a reasonable cost.
    5. Texcosin, if you have Verizon available, the have a good basic plan that is a flat $30 per month. Up to 2GB but if you go over, it automatically upgrades you to the next plan. I have had the basics for almost a year with Verizon, unlimited calls, I can send pictures and texts, and when needed I use GPS. Auto payment $30 each month guaranteed not to increase.
  10. 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].
  11. 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.
      1. I found it also to be helpful. I have aarp for several years but thinking of going with amac! Any pros or cons regarding joining both aarp and amac?
  12. 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.
  13. 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

    2. I joined AMAC after a friend recommended them, and had this experience: The Medicare supplements I purchased were higher than what I found on my own, thus I have dropped them. As well, they were extremely political. In each of their many “surveys” in which I did participated, I was in the lowest percentile of their members in my opinions. I am leaving them as I see no benefit and do not agree with their extreme (yes, extreme) right wing viewpoints.
      1. Well that’s your right to do so in a competitive marketplace. I’m sure there are people that are part of AMAC that might find your views to be “extreme” You’re opinion is subjective to you, and not a reflection of the organization as a whole.
      2. AMAC is NOT extreme right, but is conservative leaning. I am not on Medicare yet, but I have taken advantage of some of their other discounts such as auto insurance, and got rates that are the lowest I have ever had. I also participate in their surveys and almost always find myself in the highest percentile answers. If you feel that AMAC is extreme right, I have to believe that you are extreme left.
      3. If you did look around for Medicare supplements,,,do you realize that all plans include the same coverages as stated by Medicare Rules….but each company can charge as they see fit for the premiums. Example would be Blue Cross Plan G..is exactly the same in content/coverage as Aetna Plan G but each company can charge the dollar amount they choose to charge.
    3. Perhaps, but since some of us disagree, we can also say that your platform is self serving and myopic. Good to let everyone look into the facts without negative opinions to color them.
  14. 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.
    2. The Office of Aging is a federal organization, providing good information regarding services to those 60 years of age and older. Most services are provided free.
  15. 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!
      1. “they” may not advertise, but a lot of others do advertise for them. Being less than .1% of the population “they” get way to much attention over the rest of us.
    2. I agree, the day you turn 50 AARP applications are in the mail. I signed up unknowingly that they are overwhelmingly liberal and support all the crazy ideas that liberals are embracing these days. I quickly dropped them when I found out they are funding things that go completely against my values. I have heard good things about AMAC, so I think I will give them a try.
    3. I just ran into a Facebook post by AARP promoting that agenda. My preference is that an organization advocating for older Americans should stay out of issues not directly related to aging. When anyone thanked them for making the pro-LGBT post an AARP spokesperson thanked them. If one objected they were immediately attacked by other posters while the AARP spokesperson remained silent. The silence was deafening. I decided it was pointless to make a comment, so I blocked AARP from my Facebook feed. I do not plan on renewing membership in the organization when it again comes due.
  16. 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.
  17. Thank you for the detailed list of the 8 senior membership organizations. It was thorough and very informative. Jane Barile

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