AARP is set to host its bi-annual Life@50+ National Event & Expo at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, from May 8 to 10. The event will give attendees access to some of today’s most renowned celebrities including lifestyle, health, sports, travel and financial experts. Attendees will discover real possibilities for their lives through community service activities, innovative exhibits, seminars and a line-up of entertainment.
For the first time, attendees will also be able to volunteer on each of the three days. On May 10, the event’s final day — in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive — anyone who brings a bag of non-perishable food will be given a one-day pass to Life@50+, which includes all activities except the concerts.
“Life@50+ is a unique opportunity for our members to experience all that AARP has to offer to help them discover the real possibilities in their own lives,” said AARP CEO A. Barry Rand. “In Boston, we’re encouraging attendees to re-imagine what 50+ looks like by arming them with the tools, information and resources they need to build the life they want. We look forward to connecting with all of New England in a dynamic way and fostering their desire to live their best lives.”
May 8 — AARP will kick off Life@50+ with a Community Day of Service within and around Boston. Beginning Thursday morning, AARP’s Men’s Life Ambassador and NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino, AARP Community Ambassador and broadcaster James “JB” Brown, AARP Love and Relationship Ambassador Dr. Pepper Schwartz will join more than 700 Life@50+ attendees who will volunteer at various community organizations in the greater Boston area.
In the afternoon the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall will take place and three documentaries will be shown as part of Movies for Grownups® Documentary Day: Age of Love, Cyber Seniors and Gen-Silent.
May 9 — To officially open Life@50+, former First Lady Laura Bush will have a conversation with her daughter Barbara Pierce Bush that will be moderated by journalist Soledad O’Brien.
New England sports legends Mike Eruzione, Steve Grogan, Bill Russell, and Luis Tiant will take the stage for a panel moderated by Brown. The afternoon will also feature a Life Re-imagined panel moderated by Soledad O’Brien with singer Linda Ronstadt and others.
AARP Financial Ambassador Jean Chatzky will be on hand to share her financial expertise and AARP Love and Relationships Ambassador, Schwartz, author of Dating After 50 for Dummies, will lead a lifestyle session.
Entrepreneur, motivational speaker and real-life inspiration for Will Smith’s character in the film The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner, will impart his life lessons in a motivational session.
AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch, a showcase of the hottest startups in the 50 and over health technology market will take place.
The AARP Movies for Grownups® Film Festival will run Friday and Saturday.
The evening will close with a dance party featuring The Spinners and Mary Wilson of the Supremes (the dance party is an added cost).
May 10 — A morning fitness class will be followed by a feature session with Whoopi Goldberg and Jay Leno. HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins’ Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri will host a lifestyle session.
Grammy-award winning producer Emilio Estefan will host “Name That Song,” and Travel Channel personality Samantha Brown will talk about the new AARP Travel Experience.
Captain Richard Phillips, the real-life inspiration for the film Captain Phillips based on his book, will speak at a Life Re-imagined session.
The Moody Blues will perform at the close of the event (the concert is an added cost).
Admission to Life@50+ for AARP members is $25, $35 for non-members (includes a one-year AARP membership). The entry fee includes access to the exhibit floor and workshops/sessions for all three days. Online registration, additional information on Life@50+ and a complete schedule can all be found at www.aarp.org/events. Registration is also open by phone at 800-650-6839.