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  1. #1
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    AARP. What a joke! Having just become "qualified" for the blessings of an AARP membership, how do I hold myself back??!! Here's a good one for you. They do the worst possible job of servicing their customers in a PROACTIVE fashion of any group I have ever dealt with. Here is a group that professes to be the advocate for the senior adults in our society, and do a worse job of customer service to that group that has acquired 'membrship' than the general public. Any one else have less than satisfactory experiences? This was pertaining to auto insurance! You won't believe the coverage they had on my elderly parents, ONE of whom hasn't driven for over 2 years, and coverage on an automobile that hasn't run for over 4 years! when I realized what was going on, it occurred to me that many in the same situation don't have any family that can look out for them. It was obvious that AARP wasn't going to!!

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    Just got the letter today, I'll be 50 in may. Barely looked at it before throwing it in the trash.

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    Originally posted by irishmist
    AARP. You won't believe the coverage they had on my elderly parents, ONE of whom hasn't driven for over 2 years, and coverage on an automobile that hasn't run for over 4 years! when I realized what was going on, it occurred to me that many in the same situation don't have any family that can look out for them. It was obvious that AARP wasn't going to!!
    where were you 4 years ago?

  4. #4
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    What did I miss? How did AARP know your parents weren't driving?

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    forget them, i was a member for 10 yrs, they're like most organizations, just a few at the top living the good life with someones money.

    the biggest joke that i've seen lately is the veterans, i thought we were all the same , but it's not true, a veteran is treated according to how much he makes or is worth..

  6. #6
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    I'd like to know why I get a letter from them just before I turn 50, who sold them my address and age? Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Census Bureau, who? Or is that info public for anyone to use?

  7. #7
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    Originally posted by lenb
    I'd like to know why I get a letter from them just before I turn 50, who sold them my address and age? Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Census Bureau, who? Or is that info public for anyone to use?
    Get used to it , your whole life is public whether you like it or not. AARP hits everyone at 49 quite frequently then backs off a bit when you hit 50. Haven't seen anything advantageous with them as of yet unless anyone can shed some light.
    Learning is a lifelong process

  8. #8
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    Originally posted by irishmist
    AARP. What a joke! Having just become "qualified" for the blessings of an AARP membership, how do I hold myself back??!! Here's a good one for you. They do the worst possible job of servicing their customers in a PROACTIVE fashion of any group I have ever dealt with. Here is a group that professes to be the advocate for the senior adults in our society, and do a worse job of customer service to that group that has acquired 'membrship' than the general public. Any one else have less than satisfactory experiences? This was pertaining to auto insurance! You won't believe the coverage they had on my elderly parents, ONE of whom hasn't driven for over 2 years, and coverage on an automobile that hasn't run for over 4 years! when I realized what was going on, it occurred to me that many in the same situation don't have any family that can look out for them. It was obvious that AARP wasn't going to!!
    Please tell me how AARP can be aware of the fact that an individual is no longer driving? If I renew my policy you would think I would be driving,at least once in awhile.
    It is also a given that some older people will not ask for or accept advice or assistance.


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    to respond to the following questions: First, 4 years ago my father was still able to drive, and only as a result of gross negligence during a hospital stay did he become disabled. (Admitted for a urinary tract infection, and discharged 91 days later after undergoing three operations and under care of 20+ 'specialists'). The last 2 years I have had to become more actively involved in their well-being. Now it requires help to come in 5 days a week to assist Mom with Dad, and I do all that I can to help them. Thank God I only live about 5 miles away. Second, you ask how they should know he doesn't drive? I get called on a regular basis from MY agent to check to see if there have been any changes in the household, etc.; what I would consider just good customer service. Dad's license was good for a period of time that covered both before and since he became disabled.

    My parents are the type that give people the benefit of the doubt. And as we that are in business know, there are a number of people who 'live' for just such people to prey upon.

    As they have gotten older, the roles have reversed, and we as their children become the 'responsible' party as we take steps to protect them from the ills of the world, as they did us when we were children.

    AARP's response? "With the thousands and thousands of individuals that we have coverage on, we can't possibly keep up with each one."

    Sounds to me like they have more than they can take care of.

    Again, I stress the fact, that here is a large portion of our society that if anything requires more oversight, not less. I am thankful that I am in a position to be an advocate for them, and am sorry for those who are left on their own. You won't believe how this segment of our society is set upon by every telemarketer, scam artist, and "do gooder" that you can imagine.

    Even when I told AARP that this would be a good way to improve their customer service, by checking with their members with some type of frequency, they politely indicated that they really didn't have the resources to do so. Like I said, laughing all the way to the bank.

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    I dumped them when they backed Bush's lousy drug plan.
    Seems now the same group who went after Kerry with the Swift Boat nonsense is taking aim on AARP.....so I may join again......
    All groups are like that though, AAA and such, their insurance and other so-called deals are usually not that great. Hey, it is a voluntary organization, ya don't have to belong if ya don't want to.
    Hey cockroach, don't bug me!

    www.AskTheDiceman.com

    www.TheColdConspiracy.com

    www.Pennwood-HVAC.Com

    Bring Em Home....

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    Hey Dice, I agree that it is voluntary, but don't you agree that they do one HE-- of a job marketing themselves and all the 'advantages' of membership? Talk about your PAC, AARP has the market cornered.

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    This whole thing will probably get moved over to APR anyway so let me say this...

    This is why I am glad to be an independent voter. I voted for Bush but I am completely aganist privatizing Social Security.

    For the last 10-12 years I have been a "student" of the stock market. I made a few buck off of the market because I studied it for FUN. I would never put any money into that stock market that I depended on to live.

    The crooks would be swarming all over the Stock Market if you let granny free to invest her own money. After she had all of her money stolen, society would still have to take care of her. She would go from Social Security to welfare. The new breed of stock market "advisors" would make those Enron execs look like cub scouts.

    If the government wants to really do something to help us old farts then they should do way with capital gains.

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    We need more people like Beenie, who decides on the issues instead of backing someone on everything just becasue they voted for him. AARP is like most organizations, not all that great when ya right come down to it.
    Don't get me started on social security, leave it alone, it is not in crisis, it works, it ain't perfect but the stock market is a crapshoot at best.
    If it needs a little more money raise the cap on income limits.
    SS was started after the depression by FDR, part of the new deal. Without it we would have many old or disabled people begging for money or living in carboard boxes. Remember, this stuff can happen .....to you too.......I told ya not to get me started...
    Most repubs have alwaye been against it, till they needed it, like Lawyers, we all goof on them till we need one, then they are our best friends in the world....
    Hey cockroach, don't bug me!

    www.AskTheDiceman.com

    www.TheColdConspiracy.com

    www.Pennwood-HVAC.Com

    Bring Em Home....

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