We all receive the “join AARP” mailer at a certain age, but are there alternatives to AARP? The organization has become a household name, and is certainly the single biggest senior lobbying organization in the U.S. – if not the world.
Should you join AARP? That’s a question only you can answer, but sometimes it’s nice to know that you have options. AARP has distanced a large segment of its former member base through its politics over the past 30 years, and now more and more members are looking for alternatives.
Perhaps you find yourself in the same boat. Thankfully, there are options out there. If you find yourself looking to escape from AARP and find an organization that is more in line with your personal beliefs, we have a list of alternatives for you to consider.
Alternatives to AARP
These are – as you can probably imagine – conservative alternatives to AARP. Because AARP has become known as the more liberal organization, conservative-leaning individuals search for something else.
The list that follows are lesser-known organizations to AARP, but they are worth a look for anyone looking to put their membership dollars somewhere that better fits their personal political beliefs or values. These organizations are presented in no particular order.
Founded in 2005, the ASA is massive, and offers a wide berth of benefits. Members receive discounts on just about anything you can think of. Cancer plans, health insurance plans, and long-term care plans are just some of the insurance options available to ASA members, and there are also exclusive benefits for travel, golf courses, hotel stays, restaurants, car rental, grocery stores, prescriptions, and the like.
In all my research on this topic, the ASA easily had the widest range of potential benefits that could be garnered from membership.
Politically, the ASA claims that it will never support either a US president or a Congress that aims to cut Medicare or Social Security benefits.
CAP states that it’s the “Christian, non-political alternative to AARP.” Once more, there are benefits for just about any sector of the economy imaginable, including financial services, travel, real estate, all manner of insurance plans, music, magazines, healthcare, entertainment, food, eldercare, and much, much more.
While CAP does no lobbying, they also state that there are some issues that have become political which Christians should have a stance on. However, they are solely a religious organization – not a political lobbying organization.
CAP also states that all of their discounts are for companies that are friendly to Christians/Christianity and does not support any business that outwardly demonstrates hostility to either.
A conservative association for elders, AMAC states that its ultimate goal is to protect the American way of life. Freedom, the US Constitution, lower taxes, smaller government, election integrity, the repeal of Obamacare, the repeal of abortion, and the protection of the Second Amendment are all some of the positions that AMAC lobbies for heavily.
AMAC might be AARP’s biggest competitor. In fact, we wrote an entire article to the AARP vs AMAC comparison. It breaks down the differences and what each organization offers in terms of benefits.
There are a host of benefits for AMAC members as well. Benefits include travel and trip cancellation insurance, hotel discounts, PenFed credit cards, life insurance products, phone discounts, bullion discounts, a host of insurance options, prescription discount card, home security discounts, roadside assistance, theme park discounts, and more.
Started in 1989, the TSC states that they lobby for any issue whatsoever that involves American seniors. They were initially founded to combat the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act which forced many seniors to pay for coverage they didn’t want. If appearances mean anything, they don’t look to be as well-funded as several other groups out there, as their website looks as if it’s straight out of 2000.
However, if you can tolerate poor website design, as a member you’ll get: 10% off Wyndham hotels, exclusive savings through Liberty Mutual, the ability to save up to 20% on brand name and 70% on generic drug costs via the Prescription Discount Club, the opportunity to be a member of the Congressional Federal Credit Union to get the same great rates on financial products members of Congress get, and a host of other travel, insurance, and health-related discounts.
Started in 1992, the 60 Plus Association claims to be a nonpartisan, conservative non-profit organization. They are heavily involved in political advocacy, saying that they want to lower taxes, repeal the death tax, promote the free market, become energy independent, and move towards a smaller government. They also say they want to protect Social Security, ensure access to quality healthcare,
The 60 Plus Association are big supporters of the pharmaceutical companies which were involved in the creation of the COVID shot, as well as Operation Warp Speed, the military operation regarding the COVID shot that aims for vaccination of all Americans.
If you’re looking for discounts, it does not appear that the 60 Plus Association offers any. They are strictly political.
Founded in 2001, the Alliance for Retired Americans seeks to ensure “social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens.” They do this by fighting against cuts to Social Security and Medicare, lobbying to increase Part B premiums, and so on.
Members receive access to health insurance benefits, pet insurance, legal help, prescription drug savings, travel benefits, hearing aid discounts, and more.
An organization with a Christian base that is in favor of freedom and the US Constitution. There are no benefits for members, but their donations will help to spread the message of the ALTARP – that freedom deserves to be protected and is enshrined within the American way of life.
ALTARP also advertises itself as for working people 50+ years old. It’s not necessarily only for retired people, but instead for all of those with a lot of “life experience” who believe that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are benefits that their grandchildren should get to experience as well.
If you feel like you’re trapped within AARP there is hope! There are other alternatives out there that are engaged in politics and offer great benefits as well. Check them out and I’m sure that you’ll find an organization that offers exactly what it is that you’re looking for.
Are there other organizations out there we didn’t cover in this list you believe we should have? Have you had any experiences in the past with any of these organizations? Let us know in the comments below!