Chief Volunteer

Rob Romasco is the AARP president and a former corporate executive specializing in marketing, brand development and organizational change. He's been a member of AARP’s all-volunteer Board of Directors since 2006.

Dignity for All Generations

The following is a response from AARP President Rob Romasco to a recent New York Times op-ed by Tom Friedman: Credit Thomas Friedman for advancing the much needed conversation on the retirement security for all Americans via his “Sorry Kids, We Ate It All.” However, the analysis is incomplete both in fact and in context. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter Total public investment for older and younger Americans is roughly equal. Our members fight to protect Social Security …

Celebrate Volunteers Through International Volunteer Day

Since 1985, on Dec. 5 each year, AARP has proudly taken part in the celebration of the United Nations International Volunteer Day. Our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus,  set one tenet in stone at AARP, and that is our motto: “To serve, not to be served.” She believed older Americans had much to contribute – in ability, in experience, and in desire to advance the public good – and likewise, that society had much to gain from its older citizens. It’s …

When Disaster Strikes, AARP Answers the Call

When Superstorm Sandy roared in, more than 6 million AARP members, their families and neighbors were among those whose lives she affected most severely. Since our founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, first envisioned the 50+ population as an “army of useful citizens” more than a half century ago, disasters like Sandy have been a call to help and service that our members never hesitate to heed. They responded with an extraordinary outpouring of volunteer support and financial contributions for the people …

Family Caregiving: You’re Not Alone

If we’re looking for something to unite Americans, family caregiving might be it. Every time I talk to a group of people, I ask how many of them are taking care of an aging or ill family member. At least half the hands go up, and usually it’s closer to two-thirds. More than one in five middle-aged or older people are family caregivers, typically for a parent, but it could just as easily be for a spouse or a sibling. …

Boom and Gloom

I learned  that Baby Boomers are riddled with anxiety about whether they’ll be financially secure when they retire, and they’re less than pleased with our political leaders’ response. A new Anxiety Index, created by AARP through a series of surveys, measures what non-retired Baby Boomer voters age 50-64 worry about. This concern overrides even their worry about health expenses, jobs, or paying too much in taxes. Almost three in four (72%) believe they will have to delay retirement, and almost …

Happy Anniversary, Medicare!

President Johnson didn’t hold back when he signed Medicare into law 47 years ago. He said: No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years. Everywhere I go as chief volunteer spokesperson for AARP, I run into people who tell me how important Medicare is in real …