I don’t think I’m flattering myself when I say I’m not the typical AARP member. I’m barely old enough to qualify, for one thing, and I’m not even retired. Not even a year ago, I dismissed AARP membership as something for other people, and I won’t deny that many of the benefits that AARP membership offers simply don’t apply to me yet.
Nevertheless, I don’t regret becoming an AARP member in the least. My (very reasonable) membership fee goes to support a noble organization that’s done a lot of good for people in my community, and I have no doubt it will do a lot of good for me later on in life.
Becoming an AARP Member
I first began to consider AARP membership when I took a class on computers that my local library offered. My computer skills have always been more on par with those of a 70-year-old than a 50-year-old, and it was embarrassment, more than anything, that drove me to enroll in the course. (There’s just no reason for an intelligent woman of my age to rely on her niece’s help to send an email with an attachment.)
In the course, I met and befriended several women who had been AARP members for years. They encouraged me to join, as well, and though I was skeptical at first, they won me over in the end.
The Benefits of AARP Membership
One woman, Bertha, particularly emphasized the financial benefits granted to AARP members that sounded pretty good to me, as I’m always looking for a deal. AARP membership is definitely that, as I’ve saved far more than the $16 membership fee since joining.
I was also drawn in by the way that AARP matches people up with volunteer opportunities that are particularly well-suited to their skill sets. I haven’t taken advantage of this as much as I’d like to, since I’m still working and don’t have that much time to volunteer. Once I retire, though, I intend to volunteer as much as possible.
On a different note, I’ve also enjoyed reading AARP publications. They aren’t nearly as stuffy as I thought they would be. In fact, many of the pieces I’ve read have been quite fascinating.
Overall, my experience with AARP has been excellent, though I admit that I haven’t been a member long. Still, I feel confident in recommending it to anyone who qualifies.