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AARP: Happy 65th Birthday, President Bush

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July 5th, 2011

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AARP: Happy 65th Birthday, President Bush

WASHINGTON—AARP CEO A. Barry Rand issued the following statement to commemorate the birthday of former President George W. Bush, who turns 65 on July 6th:

“A person’s 65th birthday is a big milestone, the kind that can be celebrated with appreciation for what we have accomplished and what we have left to do. It’s also just that — a milestone — one of many that we’re fortunate enough to pass as we try to live the lives we choose.

“President Bush has had a remarkable and historic career in business and public service. He is also part of the Baby Boom generation’s diverse leading edge, which has profoundly shaped the experiences and character of our nation. 

“So what should we learn from his birthday? Here’s what he recently offered to readers of AARP The Magazine:

‘My advice to seniors — and I consider myself one — is to first and foremost take care of your body. Secondly, find something where you could say, “I'm helping somebody else.” And it may be just helping raise a grandkid. Or teaching a child to read — one child to read... Having purpose.’

“Those are good words to live by. Happy birthday, President Bush.”

President Bush discussed getting older, relationships and retirement with AARP The Magazine in an interview for the magazine’s January/February 2011 issue.  To read the entire interview, please visit http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/newsmakers/info-11-2010/george-bush-interview.html.  

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 over 35.1 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.

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