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May 30 - June 1, 2013

Las Vegas Convention Center

3150 Paradise Road

Las Vegas, NV 89109


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AARP University Session Details

The AARP University was created to be the center of education for Life@50+ attendees. The goal of the University is to provide interactive, educational sessions by AARP staff experts on the latest AARP research, programs, services, benefits and larger issues of interest that affect our members and society.


Review the list of sessions and learn more about what was offered as part of the University at Life@50+ in Las Vegas.


Caring for All – A Multicultural Look at Caregiving

Friday, May 31, 2013

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


  • Dr. Lyda Arevalo-Flechas
  • Co-pastor Susie C. Owens
  • Lily Liu, Brand story advisor, AARP
  • Rocky Egusquiza, vice president, Multicultural Markets, AARP (Moderator)


More than 3 in 10 U.S. households have had at least one person serve as an unpaid family caregiver within the past 12 months. But caregiving can show up differently in African American/Black, Hispanic and Asian families. Hispanic caregivers tend to be younger, African American caregivers are more likely to help manage their loved one's finances and half of Asian caregivers are male.


This session focused on the different needs and experiences of multicultural caregivers, and offered AARP resources and tools to better assist them as they face the daily challenges and unexpected joys of this shared experience.


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Finally, a Sensible Way to Lose Weight The AARP New American Diet

Saturday, June 1, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


  • John Whyte, MD, MPH, chief medical expert and vice president, Health and Medical Education at the Discovery Channel
  • Joscelyn Silsby, MPH, senior advisor, Health Portfolio, AARP (Moderator)
  • Vinod Datta, former restaurant owner
  • Gabriela Zabalua-Goddard, vice president, AARP en Español
  • Rosie Weiser, senior executive secretary, AARP
  • Ed Rydalch, associate general counsel, AARP


As many of us are finding out firsthand, it can be more difficult to lose weight as we get older, and for some of us, it’s a daily challenge to keep excess pounds from piling on. After age 50, our metabolism slows and we lose muscle mass, so our bodies get busy storing fat. What can you do to live healthy and feel your best — and prevent disease — when nature seems to work against you? That’s where the AARP New American Diet comes in. Based on the AARP-National Institutes of Health 25-year-long study, the just-published AARP New American Diet emphasizes the basics of healthy whole foods, plus offers startling new information about what you can do every day to lose weight and help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.


At this session, author John Whyte, chief medical expert at the Discovery Channel, and a panel of AARP members and staff who are on the weight-loss plan, shared with the audience what has worked for them and what has been a challenge. Panelists and audience members had an opportunity to ask Whyte questions and receive exclusive new recipes from him.


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In the Know – Protecting Youself from Home Repair Scams

Saturday, June 1, 2013

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


  • Phae Howard, founder of the National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud
  • Kelly Persons, program manager, Housing Core, AARP Foundation


It is estimated that over $70 billion is lost each year to dishonest contractors. Unscrupulous contractors prey on those most vulnerable — isolated seniors and those trying to rebuild after natural disasters. Experts shared insights and tips on how to protect yourself, your love ones and your home from being taken by these savvy cons.


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Love Connection – Finding Someone After 50

Friday, May 31, 2013

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


  • Dr. Pepper Schwartz, AARP relationship and dating expert
  • Nancy Davidoff Kelton, AARP Dating Expert
  • Brian Schechter, co-founder and co-CEO,
  • Carey Kyler, vice president, My Personal Time Portfolio, AARP
  • Brendan O’Brien, director, American Citizen Services Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State


There are over 30 million singles in America who are 50-plus. The audience learned how to navigate the world of online dating — from writing the perfect (but honest!) online profile to taking a great photo. They also found out what questions to ask on a first date, how to spot red flags and more from our relationship experts.


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Lucky Draw Trivia Game With Jeff Yeager, the Ultimate Cheapskate!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.



This was an hour of fun and chances to win prizes in a trivia game with Jeff Yeager, host of the popular online series "The Cheap Life." Tips and tricks were shared for how you can pay less for just about everything, reuse just about anything, and get the most out of life and your hard-earned cash. There was also have a panel of AARP experts on hand to help with questions on financial planning, recareering, Social Security and Medicare!


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Make the Most of Your AARP Membership

Friday, May 31, 2013

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


  • Lynn Mento, senior vice president, 50+ Member Experience, AARP
  • Barbara Shipley, senior vice president, Brand Integration, AARP
  • Sami Hassanyeh, chief digial officer, AARP
  • Angela Jones, senior vice president, Business Development & Lifestyle, AARP Services, Inc.
  • David Mathis, senior vice president, Health Product & Services, AARP Services, Inc.
  • Kyle Rakow, senior advisor, Partnerships, AARP


Attendees discovered the benefits of membership during an interactive, engaging panel discussion with AARP executives. They learned about how you can get the most value from the AARP card already in your wallet. Information was shared on ways AARP can save your family money — at restaurants, pharmacies and more. Plus they learned about ways AARP can help you and your family pursue your goals and dreams as well as connect to people with shared interests. They also had an opportunity to find out about special educational programs and great AARP resources and tools.


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Retiring Abroad – From Dream to Reality

Saturday, June 1, 2013

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


  • Gabriela Zabalúa-Goddard, vice president and editor-in-chief, AARP Bilingual Multimedia Content
  • Ernesto Orillac, Vice Minister for Tourism, Panama
  • Brendan O’Brien, director, American Citizen Services Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Suzan Haskins, Latin America editorial director, International Living


The prospect of living abroad is becoming more accessible and attractive to Americans — affordable cost of living, temperate climates, cultural attributes and exciting locations. It is estimated that over 6.3 million Americans live abroad. This session examined this real possibility and answered questions on the opportunities and challenges to making the dream a reality.


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So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


  • Ronald Reed, small business owner, R. L. Reed, Inc.
  • Michael Chodos, associate administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO, Small Business Majority


Spent any time thinking about launching and running your own business lately? Audience members discovered the opportunities, challenges, skills and stamina needed to launch a successful business. They heard first-hand from leaders who have experienced both the thrill of success and yes, even the agony of defeat in pursuit of passion, purpose and profit. They learned about the vast network of people and resources in the public, nonprofit and for-profit arenas available to help as you ponder your go or no go decision.


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Social Security 101 – How It Works and What's to Come

Friday, May 31, 2013

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


  • Debra B. Whitman, executive vice president, AARP Policy, Strategy and International Affairs
  • Joan Ruff, AARP board member
  • Eric Schneidewind, AARP board member


Politicians in Washington keep trying to include Social Security reform in the deficit-reduction debate. It doesn't belong there. What we really need is a discussion of how to increase retirement security for all. This session provided all you need to know about how Social Security works, why it is so important and what can be done to strengthen it for the future. Attendees learned about how AARP makes policy and what AARP is doing to ensure the strength of Social Security now and for future retirees.


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Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of a
Loved One

Friday, May 31, 2013

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


  • Robert Stephen, VP of My Home and Family Portfolio, AARP (Moderator)
  • Freda C. Lewis-Hall, chief medical officer, Pfizer
  • Amy Goyer, family, parenting and grandparenting expert, AARP


You take care of everyone around you — don't forget to take care of yourself. Attendees learned easy steps to take to live a healthier and more connected life.


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