55 and Older is a Large Demographic


Apparently there is a rift growing in AARP. When you think about it, this could be expected. When you make an organization based on anyone over the age of 55, you are going to have a very diverse cross-section of people. Yes, they are all “old”, but you will have generational issues, and these issues are going to be more pronounced when it comes to hot-button issue. This is what is playing out right now in AARP with those over 65 who are on Medicare. They fear that health care reform will cause horrible changes to Medicare and thus they don’t seem to care that many people are getting left out. How do you get an 85-year old person to take the long term view of things? AARP has historically been a major lobbying force and currently as an organization they are solidly for health care reform, so it will be interesting to see how this issue plays out.


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