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Sept. 20-22, 2012

New Orleans Morial

Convention Center

900 Convention Center Blvd.

New Orleans, LA 70130



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Life@50+ New Orleans
Lifestyle Session Details

Life@50+ Lifestyle sessions feature experts on a variety of topics. These one-hour sessions were held throughout the three days of the event. Topics included financial security, travel, relationships, health and wellness and more.


Review the list of sessions and learn more about what was offered as part of the 2012 Life@50+ event.



Against All Odds

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



Retired Lt. Colonel James Harvey III was one of the skilled African American pilots who won the military’s first “Top Gun” aviation contest in 1949. But the victory was not widely known because it wasn’t included in the Air Force almanac until 1995. The discrimination and pressure felt by James and his fellow Tuskegee Airmen is not something that makes him bitter. Instead, as he will emphasize during Life@50+, patriotism and dedication to the mission helped him persevere against all odds.


Age-Proof Your Body

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



Elizabeth Somer will share the latest research that will help you age-proof your body. She will provide easy diet, fitness and supplement guidelines that add health to your years and extend those healthy middle years into your 90s. Learn how to slow, stop and even reverse the aging process by making a few changes in what you eat, when you exercise and how you think. New research shows you can reduce the risk for almost all of the leading age-related diseases, from heart disease and diabetes to cataracts and cancer. Your immune system can stay strong and resistant to infections and disease.


Classroom Heroes: AARP Experience Corps

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


  • Lester Strong


Nearly 70 percent of students in America cannot read at grade level which directly contributes to six million high school dropouts every year in the United States. AARP is doing its part to turn around this staggering loss of our national treasure through Experience Corps. The reading intervention tutors and mentors elementary school children to help them achieve grade level proficiency by the 3rd grade. All of the program’s 2,000 volunteer members are age 50 and over which has given them extraordinary physical, mental and emotional benefits. Come meet Lester Strong, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of AARP Experience Corps, to learn more about the exciting work of our newest AARP community service program. You can also learn how to become a classroom hero yourself.


Chronic Knee Pain: Understanding It, Treating It and Staying Active

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

Sponsored by Biomet Orthopedics



Join Biomet Orthopedics for a discussion with orthopedic surgeon Mark Klaassen, M.D., as he answers some of the biggest questions you have about chronic knee pain. Dr. Klaassen will discuss common causes of chronic knee pain, signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, how to manage it and considerations for selecting treatment, including recent advances in knee replacement surgery. An ice cream sundae bar will be provided.


Dating Again! The Re-entry Checklist

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.



You have decided it’s time to meet someone, but you need a little guidance in polishing your dating skills. Not to worry! Dr. Pepper Schwartz, AARP Love and Relationship Ambassador and the chief relationship expert for Perfectmatch.com, has advice to make it easier to find the next love of your life. She will share a re-entry check list that will help you avoid sinking your own ship or wasting time on the wrong person. Pepper will also provide advice for both online and off line dating. The new world of dating is fun. Dive in!


Don't Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws Into Family

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


  • Ruth Nemzoff, Ed.D., resident scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center, author


In-law relationships can be tough. You marry a person and only later realize you married a family.  Parents wonder what’s their role, siblings feel pushed aside, sets of in-laws vie for supremacy. Many wonder who is really a relative.  Related or not, if grandparents want to see grandchildren or if ex-in-law children want help, they must work together. How do families handle the inevitable friction and make sense of evolving family relationships? Dr. Ruth Nemzoff, an expert in family dynamics, empowers family members across the generations to define and create lasting bonds and retain warm connections with in-laws.


Entrepreneurship after 50: Inspiration and Resources to Help Take You from Dream to Reality

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


  • Wendy K. Baumann, President/CVO, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation
  • Greg Jodzio, Micro-Enterprise Specialist, Southwest Initiative Foundation, and Owner, Red’s Hot, LLC
  • Maika Hemphill, Portfolio Manager, North America, Kiva


Over the past decade, people age 55-64 have had the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity. For some, opening a small business is the goal of a lifetime. For others, self-employment has become a necessity as they find that they need to supplement their retirement income or are having trouble finding traditional employment. Whichever camp you fall into, knowing your options and making an informed choice can help prepare you for the business of working for yourself. Our panelists will talk about the resources available to help you succeed and a small business owner will share his own experience as an “encore entrepreneur.


Expect the Unexpected

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.



The journey of your life involves many twists and turns. To help you expect the unexpected, Martina Navratilova will draw from her personal experiences with navigating challenges and transitions. They include leaving her homeland, retiring (twice) from professional tennis, taking on the role of AARP’s Fitness Ambassador, recovering from breast cancer, becoming a commentator on the Tennis Channel and raising money for charitable causes. With her characteristic wit and wisdom, Martina will show you how to deal positively with change in your life. She will suggest how to rebound from negative experiences, appreciate each day and live with health and zest.


How to Transform Your Life with Leeza Gibbons

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

Sponsored by Walgreens


  • Leeza Gibbons, TV host and entrepreneur


Leeza Gibbons, a popular television celebrity and former host of AARP’s My Generation lifestyle program, will lead an enlightening session on how to transform your future, starting now. She will be joined by two inspiring winners of the AARP Decide. Create. Share.SM “Take Charge of Your Future” contest. They will share the challenges and rewards of the first 30 days of their fitness or financial makeovers. Learn how you can create a plan for your future by using AARP’s resources.


Don’t forget to visit Booth 2831 for more information about Decide. Create. Share.


It Could Happen to Me: Family Conversations about Disaster Planning

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by The Hartford



Three out of every four American households are at risk for one or more natural disasters. Are you prepared to cope with earthquakes, floods, storms or wildfires? If not, what simple steps can you or family members take to be ready when disaster strikes? Two gerontologists from The Hartford will answer those questions. They will also share highlights from research conducted in partnership with the MIT AgeLab about the experiences of people age 50 and over who live in areas prone to different types of natural disasters.


Life, Legacy and the Pursuit of Happyness

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

Sponsored by Chase Card Services



Did you know that economic recessions are the best time to start a business or initiate a new career path? Learn why from Chris Gardner, an entrepreneur whose real-life story of perseverance made The Pursuit of Happyness a best-selling autobiography and film. Chris will describe how he triumphed over adversity while homeless on the streets of San Francisco with his son. He succeeded as a stockbroker, CEO, father and author. At this session, Chris will emphasize how a clear plan can help you remake your life — especially if your plan is clear, concise, compelling, committed and consistent.


Money Rules to Rescue Your Retirement

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by UnitedHealth Group



Running out of money during their retirement rises to the top of most Americans’ financial worry lists. Author and personal finance expert Jean Chatzky will share “money rules” to help you carve out a life that's not only secure, but fun and fulfilling. Jean will address how much you need to earn, save and invest in order to meet your retirement goals. As AARP’s Financial Ambassador, she will also focus on how to reduce your spending and protect your assets for a lifetime. She’ll do it all with humor, candor and a multimedia twist.


Reimagine Living Financially Sound, Physically Strong

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Genworth


  • Wendy Boglioli, Olympic Gold-Medal swimmer and entrepreneur


Determination and careful preparation helped Wendy Boglioli and her team win Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Olympic Games in the 4 x 100-meter freestyle swimming relay. Today, Wendy is a successful entrepreneur who will help you achieve your dreams. She emphasizes you should maintain control of what you can control, and let go of the rest. She also believes physical fitness is linked to a healthy body and a healthy outlook. Let this Olympian examine your “fit kit” to help you shape the rest of your life.


The Doctor in the Mirror

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

Sponsored by UnitedHealth Group


  • Reed Tuckson, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group


Take a look in the mirror. Peering back at you is the person who can most positively affect your health. The “doctor in the mirror” is you! Although many of us know we should adopt healthier lifestyles, we often face barriers in doing so. Reed Tuckson, M.D., will share insights from his book, The Doctor in the Mirror, to motivate and empower you to take charge of your health. Reed’s uncommonly helpful perspective comes from more than 40 years of diverse experience — from the practice of medicine to the leadership of health care.


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The Registry

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Panel Discussion following with:

  • Bill Kubota, director
  • Steve Ozone, producer
  • Grant Ichikawa, former Military Intelligence Service veteran
  • Seiki Oshiro, former Military Intelligence Service veteran
  • Gary Matsumoto, Emmy Award-winning reporter and producer, entrepreneur (Moderator)


The Registry, a film documentary, explores the once secret world of the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Service (MIS) during World War II. The MIS was formed in 1941 to train Nisei, or second-generation Japanese-Americans, to be Japanese language interpreters, interrogators and code breakers in the Pacific Theatre. The MIS has been credited with shortening the war by two years. While these young men volunteered their language skills to prove their patriotism, their families remained imprisoned in U.S. concentration camps simply because of their Japanese ancestry. The Registry creates a compelling narrative of how this experience shaped their lives.


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