About the Organization:
Founded in 1958 by retired California educator, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) today represents more than 34 million members. Over half of our members are working, either full or part-time, while the remainder are fully retired. The collective strength of our membership enables us to serve the broader community, improving the quality of life for all people as they get older. We know that healthy aging requires an early start; therefore, our social responsibility extends to all segments of American society. It also includes sharing strategies and information with organizations across the globe.
AARP’s vision is to excel as a dynamic presence in every community, shaping and enriching the experience of aging for each member and for society. To bring that vision to life, AARP focuses its efforts and resources in four areas:
Health and Wellness,
Economic Security and Work,
Long-term Care and Independent Living, and
Resources on Aging and Physical Activity:
The Role of Midlife an Older Consumers in Promoting Physical Activity Through Health Care Settings
New recommendations for consumers, researchers, health care providers, the aging services network, and the media for promoting physical activity through the health care system.
Step Up to Better Health Walking Program
A new online walking section provides tips on getting started, staying motivated, and a walking log and other interactive tools.
AARP Physical Activities Workbook
This free workbook from AARP tackles motivation issues, goal setting, support groups, and other resources to promote physical activity.
Work Out Your Stress With Physical Activity
Tips on using physical activity to relieve stress.
Staying Active With Special Needs
A part of the “Keep Active:Get Moving” series on reaping the health benefits from being active, especially for people with physical limitations.
Get Fit on Route 66
Travel from Chicago to Santa Monica (2,448 miles) by recording exercise miles through this free virtual program.