Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus
Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus saw value and worth where others may not have – in the older members of our society. She knew that older Americans could contribute to the welfare of our country and affect positive social change in a democratic society. With these ideas in mind, Andrus founded the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA) in 1947 and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in 1958. Both have established the importance older members of our society make. The AARP has become a powerful presence, with more than 35 million members aged 50 and older. Read more on Ethel Percy Andrus.
Social issues Ethel Percy Andrus addressed:
Social issues that need to be addressed today:
- Elderly – Twenty-six U.S. states are projected to double their 65-and-older population between 2000 and 2030; between 2010 and 2035, all age groups 70 and older will increase more than 95 percent.*
- Employment – Today, 83 percent of baby boomers say that they intend to keep working after retirement.**
- Healthy Aging – By 2030, 70 million Americans will be older than 65 and will comprise 20 to 25 percent of the U.S. population. The average baby boomer will live to be 83.***