AARP is going to have its hands full over the next month or so.
The organization’s decision to endorse the legislation moving through Congress will infuriate opponents of reform.
In truth, AARP is a soft target, it has a vast and diverse membership base and a slow, plodding style of institutional decision-making. Even so, I will be defending them when the bricks start flying. Here’s why.
It is the historic function of elders and elderhood to make a thoughtful consideration of, and then use their influence to support, changes which are good for people of all ages. Native American tribes often referred to this as “speaking for the Seventh Generation.” The contemporary image of “greedy geezers” lobbying only for the needs of the aged— and no one else— distorts humanity’s long lived experience with aging. Our culture needs to SEE examples of elders acting the interests of others.
Endorsing Health Care Reform, entails real risks for AARP and, therefore, offers us all a real world example of the true nature and role of elders.
The last I knew, AARP was using “The Power to Make it Better” as a tagline, I might now amend that to “The Power to Make it Better for Others.”