AARP's Lily Liu loves talking about the history of AARP. She has spent the better part of ten years researching the background of the national organization and its founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.
Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired high school principal, founded AARP in 1958. AARP evolved from the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA), which Dr. Andrus had established in 1947 to promote her philosophy of productive aging, and in response to the need of retired teachers for health insurance.
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