Event Details


Sept. 20-22, 2012

New Orleans Morial

Convention Center

900 Convention Center Blvd.

New Orleans, LA 70130



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Feature Session Details

Life@50+ Feature sessions are designed for attendees to hear from celebrities and entertainers about their personal life experiences and other areas of interest to them.


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All’s Fair: Love, War and Politics

Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.



One of America’s best-loved political couples — James Carville and Mary Matalin — provide an entertaining look at politics today. With election season around the corner, they will share behind-the-scenes insights on how today’s headlines play out nationwide. Co-authors of the national best seller All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, Mary and James are key players on the national political stage. Each of them has more than 30 years of experience in politics, having worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton or George W. Bush. Don’t miss their stimulating, candid and provocative conversation from both sides of the political aisle.


Calling the Plays for His Life Reimagined

Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.



Like you, Dan Marino has a story.  As a kid growing up in Pittsburgh, he had one goal in life — to be a great football quarterback. Then, at the ripe age of 28, he began asking the question — What do I do next? It’s a question that all of us face, often more than once in life. Come hear Dan’s personal story of how he began reimagining his life beyond football and continued his journey from quarterback to business man and health/wellness advocate.  Dan will share his lessons learned, practical advice and tips for reimaging life. And guess what? He may even throw a pass or two, if you’re up for a game of catch.


Heroes Among Us

Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.



As a reporter and anchor for ABC News, John Quiñones has traveled the world and covered a wide range of stories. For the last few years, he has hosted What Would You Do? This TV program uses hidden cameras to film situations that pose challenging ethical situations for viewers. Many of the everyday heroes who protected others or corrected an injustice were featured in John’s recent book, Heroes Among Us. During his Feature Session, John will share some of those uplifting stories and encourage listeners to tap the heroic spirit that lies within them.


Life’s Rhythms Reimagined

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


  • Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, University of California/San Francisco
  • Mickey Hart, percussionist and Trustee of American Folk Life Center, Library of Congress
  • Mary Luehrsen, music advocate, Director of Public affairs and Government Relations, NAMM, the International Music Products Association (Moderator)


Intriguing research has revealed that brains can be strengthened and exercised as they age, and that music can have a positive impact on people with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Two noted experts in brain health and rhythm will discuss the latest findings and “bang the drum” for additional research. Adam Gazzaley, a noted neuroscientist, returns to Life@50+ with a special guest: rock ‘n’ roll icon Mickey Hart, the Grammy Award winning percussionist from the Grateful Dead. Together, they will explain the interplay of rhythm on the brain during this fascinating, interactive session.


Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Your Travel Reimagined

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


  • Samantha Brown, host, Samantha Brown, Travel Channel
  • Clay Buckley, Vice President, Lifestyle, AARP
  • Jim Cone, Vice President, Global Promotions, Hilton Worldwide
  • James Pettit, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services, U.S. State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs
  • Carey Kyler, Vice President, My Personal Time Portfolio, AARP (Moderator)


Travel is one of the top aspirations for people aged 50 and over. This engaging session will help you make your travel dreams come true. Special guest Samantha Brown of the Travel Channel will share her insider tips. Clay Buckley will cover the latest AARP travel product and service offerings, Jim Cone from Hilton Worldwide will offer an industry perspective and James D. Pettit of the U.S. Department of State will discuss travel safety, security trends and the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).


Return to Roots: 35 Years Later

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


  • LeVar Burton, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actor, director and producer
  • Cicely Tyson, Emmy Award-winning actor, activist and humanitarian
  • Ben Vereen, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor and diabetes spokesperson


Three of the stars of the blockbuster TV miniseries, Roots, gather on stage to reminiscence about the program’s impact for the last 35 years. Ben Vereen, Cicely Tyson and LeVar Burton will reflect on their Emmy Award-winning roles and share insights on why Roots touched Americans so deeply.

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