I look forward to dropping them a few bucks to join up!!! The local AARP chapter here does a monthly FREE potluck or dinner....that's worth my money right there!!!
Also they have various trips (1 day and some longer) for members only....and I do love to travel and do things!!!!
They also have guest speakers and such come in and discuss all sorts of retiree and senior issues.
Also every summer the City Rec board and the City officials band together with the local AARP chapter to sponsor what we've always jokingly refered to as "Fossil-Fest". It's a big catered affair for AARP members and all the other seniors, where everyone gets together to honor the senior citizens of the community and kind of say "Thanks for all you've done in your life, that has made our community what it is....A nice place to live!!!"
But probably the most important thing that AARP does is get folks together for the fun and the fellowship of just getting together to meet new people and make new friends!!! It gives folks a sense of "belonging". Which is something many of them haven't experienced since they retired, and left many of their friends and co-workers behind.
I know for a fact that my Mom and all her friends really look forward to their AARP meetings every 2 weeks. Many times it's just the joy of seeing each other, that makes their day!!!
As for me....I'll be joining up in 5 months.....the day I RE @ 50!!! I can hardly wait! :
The way I see it.....It's probably the best investment, that provides the highest yield, with the least risk!!! (IMHO)