A New Level of Impact
We have exciting news! After a series of successful collaborations, OATS and Senior Planet are officially joining forces with AARP as charitable affiliates. The affiliations will allow us to help even more older adults – like you – age with attitude, at a time when people are more reliant than ever on technology to live, work, learn and connect with friends and family.
Most Senior Planet participants and members may already be familiar with AARP, the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live as they age. OATS Executive Director Tom Kamber said, “Senior Planet has developed powerful connections with older adults all over the country, and now this new affiliation will enable us to vastly increase the number of people we serve and the change that we can create together.”
We are thrilled to share this news with our Senior Planet community. You might be wondering what this means for you: How will your experience with Senior Planet change? The short answer is, we will remain the Senior Planet you know and love. Your morning exercise class? Still going strong! Senior Planet book club? Ready and reading! Engaging and cutting-edge Senior Planet programming? Here to stay!
The affiliations mean even more classes, resources, and unique experiences for Senior Planet participants. It also allows us to expand our shared mission of harnessing technology to change the way we age, reaching many more seniors no matter their socioeconomic circumstances, geography, educational background, or age.
Join us in getting to know AARP a little bit better and welcoming them to our community.
What is AARP?
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families—with a focus on health security, financial stability, and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen products and services to carry the AARP name. Learn more about the history of AARP.
Want to learn more?
In recognition of Senior Planet and OATS officially joining the AARP family as charitable affiliates, we hosted an informative conversation between Tom Kamber, Executive Director and Founder of OATS and Senior Planet, and Scott Frisch, EVP and Chief Operating Officer of AARP. Tom and Scott provided some history on how this new affiliation came to be, shared why they are so enthusiastic about the news, and answered many of our participants’ excellent questions. Click here to watch.
Photo credit: Senior Planet participants of Senior Planet Colorado celebrate Red Shirt Day on Zoom. (We love that Senior Planet and AARP both use red as a brand color!)
I look forward to seeing how this Union of Senior Planet and AARP benefits seniors. Clearly, these programs that Senior Planet puts on cost money to create. Glad you will have more resources to create them. This will in turn add to the benefits of being an AARP member. Thank you for your programs. They have helped many seniors stay connected and learn new things, especially now that we are more limited in our contacts.
Well, another “sponsor” my ass.
Just like Time Warner and its Spectrum that just raised the cost of the Internet some 25%.
Yes, the seniors must be soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo grateful for this help with technology.
Many seniors live alone and many people can’t afford $75 a month.
Ah, our good sponsor not only charges this amount but more importantly, it prevents landlords from allowing cheaper Fios into buildings.
Thank God other good people promote long-term fasting. Who needs meals when we have sponsors.
This is our leader talking:
“So proud to see our program in Montgomery County featured by NPR and on
@npratc ! Read/listen for a glimpse of our work helping older adults tackle #fakenews online.
· Feb 26, 2020
Researchers found Facebook users 65 and over posted 7 times as many articles from fake news websites, compared to adults under 29.
A workshop called “How to Spot Fake News” is teaching these folks how to fact-check stories — and identify disinformation. https://trib.al/1vqtlXW”
Well, if NPR (National Prostitutional? Palestianian? Propaganda? all of the above?Radio) is praising, we must be good.
No biases here, of course. Just service…. I am tempted to ask “to whom?,” but I won’t.
Hi Robert and thank you for pointing out that AARP has become / is a political entity. I was saddened to see Senior Planet take this step and hope they are not encumbered in any way by the relationship.
Thank you! And don’t believe they are “non-partisan”.
I’m a 30 year member of AARP. Their supplemental health insurance policy is very good. Also, AARP fights for the rights and benefits for Seniors. They support the politicians who support us. Keep it up! One of the most powerful lobbys for Seniors. Glad to hear of the joint work with Senior Planet
I’m a 30 year member of AARP. Their supplemental health insurance policy is very good. Also, AARP fights for the rights and benefits for Seniors. They support the politicians who support us. Keep it up! One of the most powerful lobbys for Seniors. Glad to hear of the joint work.
Do we live on the same planet, Mary Jean Collins? Or you’re kidding?
Agreed Mary Jean. The AARP is bipartisan, with a mission to help older adults, a group that often has no voice in our government, or is seen as a group from whom you can strip funding. Age discrimination is rampant and often the government is a part of it. Older adults needs advocates desperately, and the pandemic has increased that need. It’s wonderful that the large reach of the AARP is being joined with the mission and skills teaching of Senior planet. We now have even more mission-driven and effective advocates.
“Sold Out by AARP, the American Association of Ripped-off Pensioners
Tuesday morning, seniors across America awoke to find that AARP’s
Executive Director Bill Novelli had sold his soul – and their hopes for an
affordable prescription drug benefit – for a little ego gratification. Novelli
was quoted in every news story announcing the Republican-sponsored
compromise. He even got his picture on page A16 of the New York Times.
Bill Novelli’s ambition to be a Washington wheeler-dealer had been
realized. But at what cost?”
A. W. Hi, I send. $12.50 many years ago to become a member of AARP, however, until this present date, 2021, and after several phone calls, no one has responded to or resolve the matter. .
As an AARP member, I enjoyed movie and hotel discounts, but AARP “not sponsored”costly trips and cruises, financial advice, products, senior caretaking tips, etc.,is worthless to me. AARP can’t even handle housing search!
I find this collaboration unfortunate. Say farewell to Senior Planet’s independence and focus on we, the people vs marketing and selling.
Hi D – Thank you for reaching out and making your voice heard. Senior Planet will remain focused on our mission of helping older adult harness the power of technology to change their lives and the lives of others. If you would like to hear more about this affiliation and ask some questions, we are hosting a Q&A tomorrow with Senior Planet’s Executive Director and AARP’s COO. See here for more details: https://seniorplanet.org/event/senior-planet-and-aarp-announcement/
You are 100% correct.
I agree that AARP is only marketing and advertising.
The positive thing about AARP I’ve found is that they’re the main player lobbying for seniors – though I agree with your observation Susan!
I am new to the planet, but already know that independence and this planet never met.
This is so exciting! I work at our local Senior Center and many of our congregate meal participants are also members of AARP. We are so happy to have them join Senior Planet. This is a wonderful resource for our Seniors!
Thanks! I left the National Association for the Education of Young Children to join AARP when I retired from teaching preschool- great move!
How can I take a free conversational Spanish class for new beginners.?
I am a member of AARP
Hi Johnnie- We don’t teach Spanish classes but we do have a Spanish club that meets weekly! This event, like all of our events, is free. Check it out here: https://seniorplanet.org/event/spanish-club-3/2021-02-10/
I am member of AARP. Years ago I have car Insurance I just keep of health insurance
I used to be a member of AArp until they became too political. I have not been a member for many years. I will not accept their political leanings. Senior planet should not be getting into political leaning!!!
Hi Robert – Thank you for sharing your concerns. We can assure you that Senior Planet will remain politically neutral and keep our focus on our mission of helping older adult harness the power of technology to change their lives and the lives of others. If you would like to hear more about this affiliation and ask some questions, we are hosting a Q&A tomorrow with Senior Planet’s Executive Director and AARP’s COO. See here for more details: https://seniorplanet.org/event/senior-planet-and-aarp-announcement/
I agree, but they are all about political leaning.