Kristin S. Palmer
AARP SET TO TAKE OVER ATLANTA
WHOOPI GOLDBERG, TYLER PERRY, GLORIA ESTEFAN, MARTINA NAVRATILOVA,
ANDY GARCIA, JEAN CHATZKY, DR. ADAM GAZZALEY, JAMES “JB” BROWN, ED BEGLEY, JR., DAN MARINO, CHRIS GARDNER AND SAMANTHA BROWN AMONG THOSE
HEADLINING AARP’S LIFE @ 50+ NATIONAL EVENT AND EXPO
Attendees from Across the Country Will Meet for Three Days of Fun and Entertainment Uniquely Focused on the Wants and Needs of the 50+ Audience
WASHINGTON (September 4, 2013) – AARP, one of the world's largest member organizations with more than 37 million members, and the leading organization for people 50+, will host its bi-annual Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Georgia World Congress Center, from October 3-5, 2013.This national event for AARP members and their families will give the community access to some of today’s most renowned celebrities including lifestyle, health, travel and financial experts. Attendees will discover new possibilities for their lives through community service activities, innovative exhibits, seminars and an exciting line-up of entertainment.
In addition to electrifying concerts by Grammy Award-winning artists, including Latin sensation, Gloria Estefan, gospel a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock and R&B singer Regina Belle, Life@50+ attendees also will experience wide-ranging informational workshops led by various celebrities and lifestyle experts. Highlights include Life Reimagined sessions with television anchor and journalist Jane Pauley, motivational speaker Richard Leider and Fast Company founder Alan Webber; hands-on technology training in the AARP TEK pavilion; brain health exercises with board-certified neurologist Dr. Adam Gazzaley; the AARP Movies for Grownups® film festival highlighting pre-release and newly released films; and travel seminars. Special guests include actress Whoopi Goldberg, media mogul Tyler Perry, actor Andy Garcia, actor Ed Begley, Jr., music producer Emilio Estefan, football legend Dan Marino and Emmy award winning broadcaster James “JB” Brown, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, entrepreneur Chris Gardner, travel television personality Samantha Brown, NBC Today Show financial correspondent Jean Chatzky and relationship expert Dr. Pepper Schwartz.
“Life@50+ is a touchstone event that gives our members the unique opportunity to discover all that AARP has to offer,” said AARP CEO A. Barry Rand. “In Atlanta, we’re encouraging attendees to reimagine what 50+ looks like- both physically, mentally and socially- by arming them with the tools and information they need to build the life they want. We look forward to connecting with our community in a dynamic way and fostering our continued success and presence in their lives.”
Also, AARP will host a special feature session in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on Saturday, October 5th. This celebration, beginning at 9:15 AM, will bring together visionaries, notable speakers and those instrumental to the landmark occasion. Dr. Janet Taylor will moderate the panel that includes former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, comedian/social activist Dick Gregory, and former Atlanta Mayor and UN Ambassador Andrew Young.
Thursday, October 3rd
AARP will kick off with a Community Day of Service within and around the City of Atlanta. Beginning bright and early Thursday morning, NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino, CBS Sports and Newscaster James "JB" Brown and relationship expert Dr. Pepper Schwartz will engage the community in various activities to herald the beginning of Life@50+ through community building events. James “JB” Brown will host hands-on AARP TEK workshops to provide free technology and social media training for older community residents. Later that afternoon, Marino will host a clinic for young aspiring football players at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club at Peachcrest to coach and mentor the next generation of future Hall-of-Famers. The evening will close with an inspirational concert featuring a star-studded bill of entertainers, including Regina Belle, Dottie Peoples, Kathy Taylor and the Atlanta Praise.
Friday, October 4th
To officially open the conference, actress and personality Whoopi Goldberg will be in conversation with Atlanta luminary and media mogul, Tyler Perry. That afternoon, AARP Financial Ambassador Jean Chatzky will be on hand to share The 5 Big Things You Need to Know About Your Money Right Now. The AARP Movies for Grownups® Film Festival will offer an advanced screening of the highly anticipated film “At Middleton,” with a special appearance by actor Andy Garcia and writer/director Adam Rodgers. Grammy-award winning producer Emilio Estefan will then lead a session on finding one’s own rhythm through Life Reimagined and the evening will close with a dance party featuring The Happy Together Tour, with The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night and more.
Saturday, October 5th
A morning fitness session with tennis champion Martina Navratilova will start the final day, followed by “Celebrate 50 Years of a Dream” a feature session with Grammy-award-winning a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, comedian/activist Dick Gregory and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young. Entrepreneur, motivational speaker and real-life inspiration for Will Smith’s character in the film “The Pursuit of Happyness,” Chris Gardner will impart his life lessons in a motivational seminar and Travel Channel personality Samantha Brown will inspire members with tales from her perpetual life on the road. The AARP Movies for Grownups® Film Festival will continue with screenings of “My Father and the Man in Black,” a documentary directed by Jonathan Holiff, the son of Johnny Cash’s former manager, and “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” starring Ed Begley, Jr. Both Holiff and Begley will make special appearances at the screenings. To end things on a high note, seven-time Grammy award-winning singer, Gloria Estefan will take the stage to celebrate the weekend and close out the event.
Admission to Life@50+ for AARP members is $25, $35 for non-members. The entry fee includes access to the Exhibit Floor, the opening show, and workshops/sessions for all three days. Non-Member registration includes a 1 year membership to AARP. Online registration is open now at www.aarp.org/events or by phone at 1-800-650-6839.
Additional information on Life@50+, as well as the complete schedule, can be found online at www.aarp.org/events.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The 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. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.