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May 8-10, 2014

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

415 Summer St.

Boston, MA 02210


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Lifestyle Session Details

Life@50+ Lifestyle Sessions feature AARP Ambassadors and subject matter experts on a variety of topics including travel, health and wellness, personal finance, caregiving and much more.


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


Creating a Better You!

Friday, May 9, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sponsored by: UnitedHealthcare



Dr. Reed Tuckson frequently appears in national media advising on how people can impact their health and happiness through practical changes in their lives. In Dr. Tuckson’s popular book, The Doctor in the Mirror, he puts the power of healthy aging in the hands of the average person.


Dr. Tuckson’s insights are based on 40 years as a doctor, a leader with the American Medical Association and a commissioner of public health for the District of Columbia. As Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group, he was charged with the health care issues of 70 million people. This lively session offered practical advice for living a longer, healthier life along with ideas and resources to help older adults age with vitality while highlighting a new study that looks at the state health rankings for seniors.*


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Dating After 50 for Dummies

Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.



The exciting part of dating again after 50 is that the relationship can take any shape you want. There's more communication, more honesty and fewer assumptions about what dating means or where it's going. Nevertheless, you may still need help navigating the dating and relationship world. Pepper Schwartz offered useful tips on writing an awesome online profile, inspiration for inexpensive date ideas and answered audience questions about dating and relationship.*


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Discovering the Healthy Delicious – How to Joyfully Transform Your Food Life

Friday, May 9, 2014, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


  • David Eisenberg, M.D., associate professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, executive vice president for Health Research and Education at the Samueli Institute
  • Mollie Katzen, author and inductee of the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame


A Harvard-trained physician who loves to cook. A James Beard Hall of Fame cookbook author who loves to be healthy. Attendees enjoyed the wisdom and musings of these two thought leaders who are also friends and colleagues in real life. One, the visionary behind a much-lauded culinary medical professional educational program. The other, a creator of best-selling culinary classics spanning 40 years.


Dr. Eisenberg shared ideas from Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives (his ground-breaking annual medical conference) – the connection between diet, cooking, exercise and behavioral change skills for a healthy, full life.


Ms. Katzen showed attendees how to make it fun with images of her beautiful, accessible, healthy home cooking. She also provided practical tips on replicating these meals at home.*


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Money Rules to Rescue Your Retirement

Friday, May 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.



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


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"Name That Song" Game Show with Emilio Estefan

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by: UnitedHealthcare



Emilio Estefan, AARP Life Reimagined Ambassador, is here to inspire you to seek new possibilities to live your best life. Emilio, a 19-time Grammy Award winner and one of the most successful producers in the music industry, believes all of his greatest accomplishments in life have been possible because he is doing exactly what he loves. Emilio shared practical tips to set the audience on their way to finding the rhythm of their own success. They played "Name That Song" with Emilio and Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, AARP's executive vice president for Multicultural Markets and Engagement where a lucky few contestants got to test their knowledge of songs from Gloria Estefan and the many amazing artists Emilio has mentored!*


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Pursue Happyness Now – Life Reimagined with
Chris Gardner

Friday, May 9, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.



You may know Chris Gardner from his autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, or from the hit movie of the same name starring Will Smith. You may think his journey – defined by overcoming obstacles, breaking cycles and embracing change – was a mythic accomplishment. But that is definitely not the case. “You can achieve what I achieved!” is what Chris told the audience in this inspiring session. He shared his hard-won wisdom and the powerful insights of Life Reimagined to help attendees uncover their own special gifts, connect with people who can support them and empowered them to embrace what’s possible. Chris also shared powerful stories of people who have reimagined their lives and helped attendees to begin to reimagine theirs.*


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Real Estate Planning Reimagined

Friday, May 9, 2014, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 



Create value in your home with easy updates! As more adults move into their 50s, their homes have been through the growing pains of raising children and could need some updating. For homeowners who wish to stay in their homes, there are specific updates that can be made for both the short-term and the long-term. Two talented cousins made famous by HGTV helped attendees learn how to design smaller spaces to create the most comfortable living atmosphere, while also making it suitable for entertaining family and friends.*


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Secrets of Success – Women of All Ages ‘Lean In’ to Their Ambitions

Friday, May 9, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


  • Jo Ann Jenkins, executive vice president and chief operating officer, AARP
  • Gail Aldrich, AARP board chair
  • Alexandra Drane, co-founder, Eliza Corporation
  • Catherine D’Amato, president and chief executive officer, Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Melanie Wills-Tavares, director, Diversity Initiatives, Girl Scouts of
    Eastern Massachusetts


Many AARP members know first-hand the challenges posed by gender discrimination, age bias or self-doubt. A panel of successful women – including a business owner, a nonprofit executive, a Girl Scouts representative and AARP Board Chair Gail Aldrich – joined AARP’s Chief Operating Officer Jo Ann Jenkins to discuss how women and girls of all ages can achieve their ambitions. The session was inspired by Lean In author and business executive Sheryl Sandberg, who urges, “Take risks, embrace your ambitions, find what you love to do and do it with gusto.” A networking reception will followed.*


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Soft-Wired – How You Can Make Your Brain Even Better

Friday, May 9, 2014, 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. 


  • Michael Merzenich, Ph.D., professor emeritus, University of California at San Francisco, co-founder and chief scientific officer, Posit Science


Every minute of every day, your brain is active. It reacts to what you experience – what you hear, see, dream, feel, taste. It lights up when you take an action – when you think, talk, move, laugh, cry. This brain activity physically changes the structure of your brain, for better or for worse. How can you harness your brain’s natural tendency towards change to keep your brain in shape throughout life? Dr. Michael Merzenich, world-renowned expert on adult brain plasticity, discussed how cognitive training can help attendees achieve lifelong brain health.


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The AARP Travel Experience

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by: LifeLock



Samantha Brown is a globe-trotter and television host who has visited 220 cities in 49 countries. She aims to share the joy of seeing the world. When it comes to travel, her motto is: "If I can do it, you can do it." Samantha took the audience through the new AARP Travel Experience and shared some of her favorite stories from her life on the road. With 14 years of nonstop travel, she offered her best travel advice and favorite tips and answered travel questions from the audience.*


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* Session was presented with realtime captioning.

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