The American Association of Retired Persons and Modern Maturity Television have joined forces to present educational programming for senior citizens.

AARP is offering a catalog of 35 presentations that cover a variety of topics to the elderly, including health, energy, housing, safety, crime prevention and consumerism.Each program is available on a free, short-term loan basis to organizations, as long as the titles are requested 60 days in advance. Many of the programs can be purchased, and are priced between $20 and $25.

Modern Maturity Television, which is carried on PBS, is underwritten as a public service by AARP. Senior correspondent Edwin Newman regularly looks at personal finances, consumer produces, health care services and other topics.

AARP's free-loan audiovisual program catalog is just one of the group's outreach efforts to enhance quality of life for Older Americans. For information on other programs and services, or to order the catalog, write Program Resources Department, AARP, 1909 K St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20049.