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New from AARP: A Guide for the News Media to Upcoming Reports and Events

For years, AARP has been the source people turn to for authoritative information on the 50+ population. The following is a list of selected reports and events scheduled for release over the next seven months. Reporters who would like to be notified when a report is due for release, contact David Schneier in the Media Relations office: tel. 202-434-2561 or e-mail

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National Leadership Conference
April 27-30, 2004
(Washington, DC)
Marie Smith will become the new President of AARP. Ms. Smith, a former manager at the Social Security Administration and current AARP Board Member, also was a volunteer specialist in the field of Social Security with additional experience in SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, and adult day care programs and nursing homes.

Andrus Award
April 28, 2004
(Washington, DC)
The Andrus Award is named in honor of Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who founded AARP over 45 years ago. The award pays tribute to individuals who, like Dr. Andrus, have generated positive social change in the world around them, and whose work and achievements reflect AARP's vision of bringing lifetimes of experience and leadership to serve all generations. The awards are given every 2 years at the AARP National Leadership Conference. AARP is proud to present its 2004 Andrus Awards to Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland and Dr. Dorothy I. Height. Dr. Height continues "to be a powerful voice for the needs and aspirations of African Americans and women throughtout the world." Brundtland's policies at WHO, demonstrated "an unwavering commitment to improving public health on global scale."

Medicare Drug Discount Card
May 1, 2004
(Washington, DC)
Medicare Discount Drug card enrollment begins. Help your audience better understand the new Medicare law, how to sign-up for the discount cards, what factors those in Medicare should examine when selecting a discount card, eligibility for special low-income assistance and much more. AARP experts and publications are available by calling AARP Media Relations.

Beyond 50.04: A Report to the Nation on Consumers in the Marketplace
May 6, 2004
(Washington, DC)
Around half of the 50+ population are either lost in the financial woods or bad money managers, yet the marketplace is becoming increasingly complex. What does this mean for the future of the 50+ population and what can be done?

OECD Forum - 2004 Health of Nations
May 12-13, 2004
(Paris, France)
This two-day Forum will tackle some of the key issues on the international policy agenda, such as the health of the global economy, the health of multilateral co-operation and the health of our citizens. AARP's Office of International Affairs will participate and provide support to the Forum and deliver a presentation on E-Health and the Informed Patient.

Boomers Approaching Retirement: Their Attitudes and Options
May 21, 2004
(Washington, DC)
This symposium, the first collaboration between Harvard and AARP's Office of International Affairs, will examine baby boomers' attitudes toward work/retirement, labor markets in the US and Europe, and boomers' options in the workforce. AARP's 2004 update of its 1998 survey, Boomers Envision Retirement will be released to coincide with this event.

Political Behavior of the Older Population
Late May/Early June
(Washington, DC)
When we conceived of this survey of political behavior and values among three age cohorts, we wanted to know if the boomer and silent generations would be different politically in their old age than their predecessors, the GI generation. Among other things, the assumption that a generation that experienced both the great depression and WWII would consider government to be a positive actor in society, and these positive feelings about government would translate into progressive (if not liberal) ideas among people now aged 70+, is certainly untrue

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