Our Program


We further our mission through:

  • AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities: The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities was established in 2012 to support cities and communities across the US to better meet the needs of all residents as they age.   Communities in the AARP network commit to a process of continual improvement and engagement to enhance active-aging and quality of life for residents of all ages.  The network is an affiliate of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities which developed a framework of assessment covering eight domains of city and community livability. 
  • AARP Best Employers Over 50 Award - International: This award program recognizes non-U.S.-based employers whose innovative workforce and/or human resource practices address issues relevant to 50+ workers and create roadmaps for the workplace of tomorrow
  • The Journal: AARP's award-winning international publication that addresses health, financial security, livability and market issues for the global aging population. It is printed annually and featured on-line through the year.
  • www.aarpinternational.org, serves as a nexus for the latest news and research on demography, health and economic security issues and AARP's international activities
  • International Visitors Program: Our means of hosting emerging and current leaders from other countries in Washington and New York to share our experiences in issues related to 50+ issues and AARP’s policy and practice
  • Embassy Briefing series: Provides an opportunity to convene the Washington diplomatic community to discuss current policy and political events.
  • United Nations Briefing Series: In collaboration with the UN Programme on Ageing, this event features expert presentations on the opportunities and challenges of global population aging.
  • The Idea Exchange series: A venue through which AARP staff meet with notable experts on a variety of aging related issues.
  • International Issue Briefs: A series of concise reports highlighting best practices from other countries on policy issues relevant to the US and AARP members.

Key Activities and Events

  •  AARP and the UN Focal Point on Ageing co-host the annual AARP-UN Briefing Series on Global Aging.
  • AARP has hosted five conferences in our "Reinventing Retirement" series -- in London, Washington, Tokyo. Dürnstein (Austria), and Singapore. These major international events bring together the world's top thought leaders to focus on changing labor markets, retirement systems, and the role of older people as workers and investors.
  • In April 2008, we organized "Health Care '08: Global Trends and Best Practices," in Washington. More than 200 international experts explored the challenges and opportunities driving the health care policy agenda, highlighting the imperative of fundamental reforms in the U.S. to expand access and increase quality of care.
  • In January 2008, at "Community 50+ Asia," we brought together more than 120 leaders of NGOs from the Pacific Rim countries in Hawaii to conduct workshops on how to build better and stronger organizations to serve the interests of older persons. We plan to build on this technical assistance and capacity building in the next few years.
  • In 2006, members of the Board of Directors traveled to four European capitals as part of a Leadership Study to examine European models of health and long term care provision. Many of the better practices observed were subsequently and continue to be promoted in our domestic policy outreach.
  • In 2005, during the national debate on partial privatization of Social Security, our office convened leading stakeholders and voices on pension issues from the United States and United Kingdom to demonstrate the full range of implications brought about by privatization of public systems.
  • Through the AARP Foundation, our office played an instrumental role in helping the European Union and its member states draft and implement anti-age discrimination laws in employment across the continent.
  • We regularly commission ground-breaking international opinion leader surveys and public opinion polls on important issues impacting older people. Recently these included a G7 and select Asian opinion leaders survey on attitudes towards retirement.
  • We work closely with AARP's Public Policy Institute, National Policy Council, and our state and regional offices to maximize the positive impact of our international activities throughout the association.

For more information on our international activities or any of our events, please contact Holly Schulz, Managing Editor, at hschulz@aarp.org or Tel: 1-202-434-2398.