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AARP and WGBH-TV Launch 5-Part Online Reality Series To Help Boomers Re-imagine and Change Their Lives

5 WEEKS TO A NEW LIFE Will Follow Eight Boomers as they Grapple with Troubled Relationships and Learn from National Experts and Each Other How to Live the Lives They’ve Always Wanted

AARP and WGBH-TV Launch 5-Part Online Reality Series To Help Boomers Re-imagine and Change Their Lives

5 WEEKS TO A NEW LIFE Will Follow Eight Boomers as they Grapple with Troubled Relationships and Learn from National Experts and Each Other
How to Live the Lives They’ve Always Wanted

WASHINGTON (June 2, 2011)—What happens when a group of baby boomers allow cameras to follow them as they go on a retreat and try to transform their lives? The result is 5 Weeks to a New Life (www.aarp.org/newlife), a free web-exclusive reality series and interactive online experience that not only shows real people in action transforming their lives, but will also give viewers innovative ways to participate through an online community and Q&A’s with some of the world’s leading experts on personal change.

Co-produced by AARP and WGBH-TV (PBS), 5 Weeks to a New Life will focus on some of the most vital concerns for boomers today: revitalizing a marriage and other relationships, staying sexually active throughout life, looking good without resorting to Botox, financing dreams and living a life with purpose. The five-part weekly series will be hosted by Hugh Delehanty, SVP & Editor-In-Chief of AARP’s Media Properties and is available today at www.aarp.org/newlife.

“We live in a fast-changing world, and sooner or later a lot of us reach a point when we need to step back and rethink our lives,” said Delehanty. “That’s what’s unique about this series. It gives viewers a chance to take a break from their frenzied lives and learn proven strategies for living your dreams.”

5 Weeks to a New Life was designed not only to spark our thinking about what we want, but to inspire us to move forward,” said Laurie Donnelly, Executive Producer of WGBH’s lifestyle programming. “The catalyst for this process are the eight brave souls who we brought together to share their struggles and their dreams. They not only opened their souls, but together, reflect on key issues that can weigh on our minds.”

5 Weeks to a New Life features guidance and insights from these experts in personal change:

* Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.: Bestselling Author of Getting the Love You Want; dubbed by Oprah Winfrey as “the marriage whisperer”
* Dr. Pepper Schwartz: AARP Sex & Relationships Expert; Sociologist, University of Washington Seattle; Author of Prime and Finding Your Perfect Match
* Jane Bryant Quinn: AARP Bulletin Contributing Personal Finance Columnist; Bestselling Author of Making The Most of Your Money Now
* Richard Leider: Bestselling Author of The Power of Purpose and Something To Live For
* Xavier Amador, Ph.D.: Psychologist, Author, Professor and Speaker

In addition to weekly episodes, this new online destination (www.aarp.org/newlife) will serve as a resource for boomers, featuring provocative articles with tips from experts on the week’s topic, video interviews with experts, self-assessment quizzes, polls, blog entries from Delehanty and links to additional resources.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with nearly 35 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster, producing such award-winning PBS series as Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and digital channels World and Create. Local WGBH TV productions that focus on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black, and María Hinojosa: One-on-One. WGBH Radio serves listeners from Cape Cod to New Hampshire with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s NPR® Station for News and Culture; 99.5 All Classical; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also produces the national radio news program The World. WGBH is a leading producer of online content and a pioneer in developing educational multimedia and new technologies that make media accessible for people with disabilities. Find more information at www.wgbh.org.

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