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August 9, 1992
What a nice plug Bill Hughes gave to cruises by the American Assn. of Retired Persons ("Educational Cruises to Exotic Locales," July 26). However, as a member of that organization, I have found that their trips are terribly expensive and that I can do better by making my own arrangements. AARP has become big business, and I'm about to drop out of it for that reason. TULA GINZBURG Los Angeles
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TRAVEL
April 7, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: A reader writes that she and her husband are retired, older than 70 and want to travel. They can leave at a moment's notice, so they want to know whether they can take advantage of last-minute deals and, if so, where. (For security reasons, we are not using their names, which are unusual and could make them a target of thieves.) Answer: Travel industry providers have trained us to expect to pay a premium for last-minute travel, except when it's to their benefit, such as moving unsold inventory that will otherwise go unused.
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SPORTS
February 18, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Who is the best player in the NBA? Kobe Bryant? LeBron James? While that debate rages on, the greatest player in NBA history, Michael Jordan, has found another way to surpass them. He leads them in AARP membership cards, 1-0. In recognition of Jordan's 50th birthday Sunday, the American Assn. of Retired Persons released a photo of its present to him: His first AARP card. Every 50-year-old is eligible to join AARP, and Jordan finally reached that magic number. So, MJ, next time you go golfing, whip out that card and score a discount.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
At the box office, young people still hold the buying power -- sending caped crusaders and archery-loving heroines to the top of the charts. Iron Man and Katniss Everdeen don't mean much, however, to the editors at AARP's The Magazine -- the publication aimed at the 50-plus set. This week, the magazine released the winners of its 13th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, which -- no surprise here -- honor films for mature audiences. Many of the winners on AARP's list have been staples on the award-season circuit over the last few months.
NEWS
September 21, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
AARP,  which lobbies on behalf of seniors, has launched a television campaign designed to persuade members of the congressional "super committee" charged with finding $1.5 trillion worth of deficit reduction to leave Social Security and Medicare alone. The national ad campaign - to air on NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News - targets the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. The committee has a broad mandate and can consider spending cuts, tax overhaul and cuts in entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare in putting together a package worth $1.5 trillion over 10 years.
NEWS
September 21, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WOODBRIDGE, Va. -- President Obama blasted his GOPopponent's plan to revamp Medicare and called the program an earned entitlement as he courted the votes of senior citizens on Friday.  “Given the conversations that have been out there in the political arena lately, I want to emphasize Medicare and Social Security are not handouts,” Obama said in remarks delivered via satellite to the AARP conference. “You've paid into these programs your whole lives.  You've earned them.  And as president, it's my job to make sure that Medicare and Social Security remain strong for today's seniors and for future generations.” Obama's remarks were a swipe at GOP hopeful Mitt Romney, who earlier this week took heat for describing those who don't pay federal income taxes as dependent on the government and “victims.” Those non-taxpayers - nearly 47% of taxpayers - include large numbers of seniors who are reliant on Social Security and eligible for tax credits that whittle their federal income tax burden to zero.
NATIONAL
September 22, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Kathleen Hennessey and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Paul D. Ryan was booed at the annual AARP convention Friday after saying that, if elected, their Republican administration would repeal the nation's healthcare law as the best way to save Medicare. Just five minutes into his talk at the gathering of the powerful 50-and-older lobby, Mitt Romney's running mate - the architect of the Republican proposal to change Medicare for the next generation of seniors - was repeatedly interrupted as he criticized President Obama's healthcare law. "The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare, because it represents the worst of both worlds," Ryan said as the crowd in New Orleans booed audibly.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Susan King
Finally, a film festival for the over-50 crowd. AARP's Movies For Grownups Film Festival , opening Nov. 14 and continuing through Nov. 17 at Regal Cinemas in L.A. Live, will feature nine films with appeal to the 50-plus moviegoer that are being considered for the organization's annual Movies For Grownups Awards. The majority of the films are likely Oscar contenders, and there will be Q&As with cast and filmmakers after the screenings. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "It's clear that Hollywood is paying attention to the tastes of the 50-plus moviegoer as films for grownup audiences dominate the box office this year," said AARP editorial director Myrna Blyth in a statement.
NEWS
June 17, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
After a Wall Street Journal article reported Friday that the AARP, a powerful retirees lobbying group, would no longer be opposing cuts to Social Security benefits, the news reverberated through Washington. Social Security is one of the hottest political buttons among retirees -- but what does research say about its relative value? One 2004 study from UC Berkeley researchers (published in the journal Population and Development Review in 2010) analyzed the net value of Social Security, Medicare and public education  — minus taxes — for Americans born 1850 through 2090.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
At the box office, young people still hold the buying power -- sending caped crusaders and archery-loving heroines to the top of the charts. Iron Man and Katniss Everdeen don't mean much, however, to the editors at AARP's The Magazine -- the publication aimed at the 50-plus set. This week, the magazine released the winners of its 13th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, which -- no surprise here -- honor films for mature audiences. Many of the winners on AARP's list have been staples on the award-season circuit over the last few months.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Susan King
Finally, a film festival for the over-50 crowd. AARP's Movies For Grownups Film Festival , opening Nov. 14 and continuing through Nov. 17 at Regal Cinemas in L.A. Live, will feature nine films with appeal to the 50-plus moviegoer that are being considered for the organization's annual Movies For Grownups Awards. The majority of the films are likely Oscar contenders, and there will be Q&As with cast and filmmakers after the screenings. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "It's clear that Hollywood is paying attention to the tastes of the 50-plus moviegoer as films for grownup audiences dominate the box office this year," said AARP editorial director Myrna Blyth in a statement.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Do 75 million homeowners need their own advocate before Congress and federal agencies on issues such as the mortgage interest tax deduction, retention of low-down-payment loans and the start of tougher financing rules next January? A group of mortgage and real estate industry veterans, joined by leaders of national community development, fair housing and consumer groups, thinks so. They're set to launch an unusual effort - a national nonprofit organization modeled after AARP, the seniors lobby, solely to speak for the home-owning public.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The new action spy thriller "Red 2" starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Helen Mirren opens at a Costco. The only action at the moment is a shopping cart with a bum wheel. A heated discussion about backyard grills and power sprays is underway. Until a box, a bomb and an old spy on Aisle 3 threaten to upset this banal scene. It's official, the retired and extremely dangerous - a.k.a. RED - crew of aging international spies is back for another round of AARP-style havoc.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
It's frightening enough to face one's retirement without sufficient money to maintain one's lifestyle, but an even scarier prospect looms for millions of Americans: outliving one's assets as one ages.  That's the subject of my Wednesday column , and of a live chat I'll be holding this afternoon with Debra Whitman of the AARP . LIVE CHAT: Join us at 2 p.m. Pacific The AARP has compiled plenty of data on the financial pressures...
BUSINESS
July 16, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
As if you haven't been scared enough by the projections that most Americans haven't saved enough to maintain their lifestyles as they enter retirement, here's something even more terrifying: Nearly half of all Americans will outlive their assets, dying with practically no money at all. Even more worrisome, that's true even among households that met the traditional standards for secure retirement income. Economic factors and changes in employer pensions and in economic reality have made it much harder to stretch income and assets so they last, especially as people live longer.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Don't be fooled into thinking that "The Big Wedding" is about the fetching young bride and groom. This is gross-out humor for the senior set. With raunchy comedies all the rage, I guess it was inevitable that sooner or later someone would go for the AARP crowd. FOR THE RECORD: "The Big Wedding": A movie review of "The Big Wedding" in the April 26 Calendar section misspelled Colombia as Columbia. - "The Big Wedding" is unabashed and unashamed, though its cast of top-tier talent should be, starting with Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2011 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Keith Brown, 59, doesn't qualify for Medicare yet. But President Obama's proposal earlier this week to cut into the government healthcare program has him worried about what will be left when he does. "There is a certain level of uncertainty," said Brown, a retired federal employee from Falls Church, Va. He said politicians should get the deficit under control by taxing the rich rather than slashing programs that help the middle class. Brown and other seniors, gathered in downtown Los Angeles this week for the annual conference of the AARP, expressed fear and anxiety about aging when Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are under attack both in Washington and on the campaign trail.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Do 75 million homeowners need their own advocate before Congress and federal agencies on issues such as the mortgage interest tax deduction, retention of low-down-payment loans and the start of tougher financing rules next January? A group of mortgage and real estate industry veterans, joined by leaders of national community development, fair housing and consumer groups, thinks so. They're set to launch an unusual effort - a national nonprofit organization modeled after AARP, the seniors lobby, solely to speak for the home-owning public.
NEWS
April 8, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- New polling shows older Americans overwhelmingly resisting President Obama's effort to pare back cost-of-living adjustments for seniors, veterans and the disabled as part of his budget overture to the GOP. Nearly 70% of those age 50 and older oppose lowering the annual inflation adjustment, including robust majorities of Republican, Democratic and independent voters, according to a survey by an independent firm released Monday...
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