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Wish of a Lifetime from AARP – granting wishes to older adults and redefining aging in America.

Wish recipient Ophelia stands in front of fountain at World War 2 Memorial in Washington DC

Spark hope & joy all year long

A man waves to the camera as he prepares for his Wish of a Lifetime hang gliding flight.

Emails that will make you smile, laugh, or even cry

Wish recipient Ophelia stands in front of fountain at World War 2 Memorial in Washington DC

Mabel rediscovers joy through quilting

Janice wish takes place on the red carpet at AARP Movies for Grownups award

A Red Carpet Wish

Life-long movie lover Janice’s wish comes true at the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards.

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Donate

Granting a wish is a simple gesture, but the effect is extraordinary. Donate now to help make wishes come true.

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Submit a Wish

Do you have a lifelong wish or know someone who would benefit from a wish fulfilled?

Our Mission

As a charitable affiliate of AARP, Wish of a Lifetime grants life-changing wishes to older adults and inspires people to redefine aging in America.

How a Wish Comes True

How a Wish Comes True - Nomination

Nomination

Image of a man making notesWishes are submitted via our online application form. Anyone can submit a wish, and all applications are reviewed carefully by our wish team. Become a Wish Nominator by submitting an application for a deserving older adult in your community!

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How a Wish Comes True

How a Wish Comes True - Funding

Funding

Illustration of money symbolThrough your generous donations, partnerships and volunteer-led fundraising efforts, we are able to grant Wishes for hundreds of deserving older adults across the United States each year. Every dollar makes a difference - learn more about how you can help make a dream come true.

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How a Wish Comes True

How a Wish Comes True

Fulfillment

Illustration of a wish box with star coming outWe have a team of experienced Wish-granters based in Denver who make our wishes happen all across the country! We enlist the help of businesses, organizations, nominators and volunteers in hundreds of communities to participate and make each Wish a truly special experience.

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How a Wish Comes True

How a Wish Comes True

Share the Story

Illustration of conversation bubbles and starsA Wish can change a life, but a story can change the world. We need your help to change the culture of aging and show people the value of our oldest generations. Find your favorite Wish Story and share it with your friends and network!

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