September 22, 2010
The August LifeTimes cover story featured an interview with director Rob Reiner, who's among the celebrities and performers expected at AARP's Orlando@50+ convention Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. For details on events and costs, including concerts by Crosby, Stills and Nash and Judy Collins, go to aarp.org. It's at the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive.
We're not getting older, we're getting more social
Social networking use among people ages 50 and up has nearly doubled from 22 to 42 percent in the past year, according to 2010 data from the Pew Research Center. Additionally, half of Internet users ages 50 to 64 and one in four users ages 65 and older now use social networking sites. Read
September 20, 2010
Orlando@50+, the national event and expo sponsored by AARP that is expected to draw more than 25,000 people aged 50 and older to Orlando later this month, this year will feature the AARP Digital Experience, a virtual event that expands the reach of the three-day extravaganza for members, exhibitors and sponsors.
Virtual booths that will live for six months on AARP’s website, aarp.org, will extend the expo floor for sponsors and exhibitors as well as for consumers looking to take part in the event remotely. These booths can provide videos, product demonstrations, informational fact sheets, links to exhibitor websites and more. Members who visit the virtual booths can view and download content and talk with exhibitor representatives via text, audio or video chats. The expo will feature more than 350 exhibitors including United Health Group, Walgreens, Charles Schwab, Dell, Allstate, Amtrak and more. Read
September 16, 2010
The Arlington resident and author will bring her humor to the 2010 AARP Convention in Orlando, Fla. along with her co-authors and friends Jean Peelen and Joyce Kramer on Oct. 1.
After being interview twice by AARP about their two award-winning books "Saving the Best for Last: Creating Our Lives After 50" and "Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women Over 50", the author trio was inviting to speak at the convention. Read
September 12, 2010
Jane Pauley returned to NBC's "Today" show this year as her own boss.
The longtime anchor of that morning show and news magazines such as "Dateline" recruited her old employers and the AARP organization for a year-long project called "Your Life Calling."
The project, produced by Pauley and AARP, means no more early mornings or late nights at the studio, and more time with her husband, cartoonist Gary Trudeau, and their three children, including a daughter starting law school at the University of Pennsylvania. Read
September 10, 2010
At the end of this month, from 30 September through 2 October, AARP holds its annual gathering of members in Orlando, Florida. Normally, I wouldn't take notice (I'm not much for crowds of 25,000 or airplane rides under current flying conditions) but an AARP representative contacted me about entering a contest to win an all-expenses-paid trip to their Orlando@50+ event and blog about it. Read
September 10, 2010
More than 25,000 people from around the country are expected in Orlando the end of this month for the AARP National Event and Expo Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at the Orange County Convention Center.
This three-day experience features celebrities and experts speaking on various topics ranging from health and fitness to relationships and social networking, to financial planning and healthcare...Read
September 10, 2010
AARP's National Event & Expo will be held Thursday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Attendees will have access to the expo floor, general celebrity/expert sessions, concerts and the Movies for Grownups Film Festival, which will feature a screening of "Flipped", directed by Rob Reiner, who will be available to meet and greet attendees. Celebrity participants include Whoopi Goldberg, Larry King and "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan. Read
September 7, 2010
Whoopi Goldberg will be here. And Rob Reiner, showing “Flipped” and talking to conventioneers about his 60s period piece...it’s a call to older movie-goers, showcasing such fall films as “RED,” “Secretariat” and Flipped,” part of the event’s Movies for Grownups Film Festival. Read
September 2, 2010
Navratilova's love for exercise is in part why she signed on as fitness ambassador for the AARP — a role that includes an appearance at the organization's next big national event, the Orlando@50+ Expo, which runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Read
August 31, 2010
In a few weeks, Orlando will be the center of all things cool for those 50 and older.
An estimated 25,000 attendees are expected at the AARP's annual gathering Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Orange County Convention Center. Despite Florida's reputation as a geriatric haven, this is the first time the 10-year-old event has been held in the Sunshine State.
Registration for the three-day event costs $25 for AARP members and $35 for nonmembers. Concert tickets are extra. Read
August 30, 2010
I'm trying to blog my way to the AARP Orlando@50 conference. This blog post is an entry in their competition to find the official blogger to travel to and cover the event. Read
August 26, 2010
More organizations, such as AARP, that cater to older adults are promoting social media networks.
Jeff Johnson, AARP manager of Florida operations, said the non-profit organization uses Facebook and Twitter, as well as e-mail and traditional mail to reach members.
"Over the past year, we have noticed more and more people discovering Facebook," he said.
For the first time, AARP included a session last year at its annual convention that focused on social networking. It turned out to be standing-room only event. It proved to be so successful that a session is scheduled at this year's convention, which will be held in Orlando next month. Read
August 25, 2010
Forgive Rob Reiner for being a bit preoccupied on this early August afternoon. His new movie, Flipped, is getting a test run in three cities and ticket sales will determine how much backing Warner Bros. will give its wider release — or if there will be one. Reiner is so convinced that Flipped can resonate with his baby boomer peers that he's showing it on Oct. 2 at AARP's Orlando@50+ convention, just days after Warner Bros. does whatever it decides to do about distribution. (Test run ticket sales were modest on opening weekend, averaging $4,983 per screen. Flipped expands Friday to eight more theaters, none locally.) Read
August 24, 2010
AARP (an association for people aged 50 and older) is bringing its annual National Event & Expo to Orlando this fall. Taking place at the Orange County Convention Center from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, Orlando@50+ is a three-day event geared towards those over 50 and will offer something for everyone with entertainment, celebrities, experts and exhibits. Read
August 23, 2010
Celebrities, baby boomer entertainers and experts converge Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at AARP's Orlando@50+ convention
The AARP’s annual national convention, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Orlando, covers practically everything to make the golden years a bit shinier.
Just don't think of Orlando@ 50+ as one-stop retirement shopping. Read
August 18, 2010
What started out as a grassroots, Sun City Center-based effort to raise money to combat pediatric cancer has gone national thanks to a recent announcement by AARP that it will serve as a major sponsor of Sammy Rides.
ARP's sponsorship will help the group meet its goal of raising $1 million, Ryan said. In addition, it will also give it recognition on the national level. Read
August 16, 2010
Linda Gray on CNNH “The Joy Behar Show.” Gray discusses the trend of boomer-aged woman taking center stage in Hollywood. Watch
"Orlando is geared specifically to address the wants and needs of people age 50+. It's to help them live their best life and discover what's next, in all areas, whether it be health & fitness, entertainment & relationships, or technology and finances. We've got something for everyone," said A. Barry Rand, AARP's CEO. Read
July 28, 2010
More than 25,000 people are expected for the AARP's Orlando@50+ extravaganza, which runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Orange County Convention Center. Actor Whoopi Goldberg, talk show host Larry King, "dog whisperer" Cesar Millan and tennis great Martina Navratilova are among the celebrity guests expected to attend. Experts will speak on various topics including health and fitness, relationships and social networking, financial planning and more. Nightly concerts are expected to feature Gladys Knight, Crosby, Stills & Nash, B.B. King, Gloria Gaynor and others. Read
April 21, 2010
A main focus of Orlando@50+ will be technology. The feedback from AARP members who attended the event last year in Las Vegas was loud and clear. They want to see more technology companies participate, especially those with products that can improve their lives in some way. Read