Join or Renew With AARP for Just $16 a Year
- Discounts on travel and everyday savings
- Subscription to AARP The Magazine
- A voice in Washington and in your community
- Free membership for your spouse or partner
In May, the Urban Institute reported that the number of eligible Americans taking early Social Security benefits had hit a 35-year low. But the recession and protracted high unemployment have left some older adults—such as 62-year-old Clare Keany—forced to take benefits earlier than planned.
A new study from MetLife finds that, contrary to predictions, older Americans are retiring. In fact, more than 60 percent of 65-year-olds—the leading edge of the boomer generation—are already collecting Social Security.
Posted today in USA Today’s Opinion section was an op-ed by AARP’s John Rother on insurance companies engaging in age discrimination by charging higher premiums to seniors than they charge younger consumers. In his article, John says: “This discriminatory practice is a key reason why 13% of older Americans (or 7.1 million) were uninsured in 2007, a figure that is growing rapidly. Many other older Americans are so burdened by the high cost of their premiums that they avoid health …