Does life go downhill at 50? Living in a Florida destination where the retirees outnumber the too-young-to-retirees, every day I see how 50-something-year-olds are enjoying life. Indeed, 50 seems like the beginning of better things. Next month I’ll taste what’s in store for the next chapter of my life as I join thousands of others attending the AARP 2014 Life@50+ National Event and Expo in Boston, May 8 – 10. Will you be there?
Informational and Entertaining
The three-day event is open to the public (that’s YOU!) and includes everything that’s good with being 50+. It’s an expo with exhibitors ranging from home to travel to high-tech to health companies. It’s also a rocking concert weekend with The Spinners , Mary Wilson of the Supremes, and the Moody Blues. And, I understand it’s part class reunion. Forget Facebook, this is where you’ll want to meet up with your high school and college pals. Life@50+ sounds like the perfect cocktail of information and fun.
The schedule includes an impressive collection of guest speakers including Former First Lady Laura Bush; AARP Travel Ambassador Samantha Brown; Award-winning actor and comedian Whoopi Goldberg; NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and AARP’s Men’s Life Ambassador Dan Marino; and comedian Jay Leno – to name a few. There’s also the Movies for Grownups Film Festival featuring four films.
Hour-long sessions on topics varying from travel to health and wellness to personal finance and more will be offered by AARP Ambassadors throughout the event. AARP University Sessions will present the latest AARP research, programs, services, benefits and larger issues of interest affecting AARP members and society as a whole.
Life Reimagined Experience Sessions address challenges and possibilities of aging. Let’s face it, growing older may mean you’re wiser and have a different perspective on life but things just don’t work like they did when you were 20. These sessions guide people to rediscover their gifts and explore new possibilities as they move forward in life.
Do Good during the Day of Service I’m a big supporter of doing good and AARP’s Life@50+ will host a Day of Service on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Hundreds of AARP volunteers will be transported to various Boston neighborhoods in need while others will work on projects inside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Whether you’re looking to do something high-impact or low-impact, there’s something for every ability and half-day and full-day volunteering opportunities will be available. Projects supported by AARP volunteers during that day are AARP Convention Center Projects, Cradles to Crayons, Greater Boston Food Bank, and Kit Clark Senior Services.
Boston is a Fab City…Just Don’t Drive
I’m very excited to attend this event as the guest of AARP Member Advantages, not only because I’ll be learning more about AARP, its partners, and participating in uplifting informational sessions but because I’ll be traveling to Boston! Known as America’s Walking City (in addition to the Cradle of Liberty and a host of other nicknames) I just love wandering around and exploring this city. I’ll have some free time to explore and if you’re attending Life@50+ too, take advantage of a tour of Boston.
A host of tours are being offered including a walking tour of the Freedom Trail, harbor cruise, architectural tour and tastes of Italy (I took a tour of Boston’s North End several years ago and really enjoyed it). By the way, from experience, I recommend you refrain from driving in the Boston and use the easy-to-use public transportation. Driving in Boston in experience I never want to do again.
Learn More About AARP 2014 Life@50+ National Event and Expo
AARP is coordinating two Life@50 National Event and Expos for 2014. The one in Boston, May 8 – 10 and the other in San Diego, Calif., September 4-6. The Boston event will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (415 Summer St., Boston, Mass. 02210). Ticket cost, valid for all three days, is $25 for AARP members and $35 for non-members. Remember, AARP membership has its privileges.
Hope to see you there!
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Disclosure: I will be attending AARP 2014 Life@50+ Event and Expo and hosted by AARP Member Advantages. Opinions about the event and company are my own and have not been reviewed by the host.