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Media Guide to Life@50+

AARP’s National Event & Expo

MEDIA GUIDE TO LIFE@50+ - AARP’s National Event & Expo

Event Overview: Life@50+ | AARP’s National Event & Expo, in its 5th year, will deliver three unforgettable days and nights filled with non-stop activity, information, fun, and excitement to 25,000 attendees at the Anaheim Convention Center, October 26-28, 2006.

Life@50+ is AARP’s unique expo and entertainment weekend for people who want to make the most of their lives at 50+. This national event features boldface name entertainers, 400+ brand name exhibits, news-you-can-use lectures, and hands-on health and fitness activities. Twenty-five thousand AARP members and friends will come to hear—redoubtable personality Maya Angelou; broadcast luminaries Dan Rather, Terry Bradshaw, Connie Chung, and Sonia Manzano; actresses Raquel Welch, Ruby Dee and Betty White; producers Suzanne DePasse and Ken Burns; legendary comedian Carl Reiner; plus experts on health, personal finance, job hunting, dating, high tech, travel and home improvement, not to mention cartoonists, columnists and authors.

Daily highlights include close to two dozen AARP University, lifestyle and feature sessions presenting experts offering insights, entertainment and expertise on everything from TV sports to finding love after 50; a film festival of movies for grownups; classes in hands-on computer learning, an onsite house built to showcase design and details that make your home more livable, storytellers, on-site broadcasts by local radio stations and the syndicated show, “The Money Pit”, morning fitness classes with martial arts guru Billy Blanks and fitness celebrity Denise Austin and more.

Speaker Interviews (see daily listing below for names and times): Need to be scheduled by calling Nancy Thompson at 202-434-2667.

Headline Entertainer Interviews: Call Nancy Thompson at 202-434-2667 to make arrangements for advance interviews in coordination with their publicists.

Starting October 25th, please check in with the Life@50+ media office in Room 211A of the Anaheim Convention Center for schedule updates and room locations.

Media Opportunities Thursday, October 26, 2006:

Opening Ceremony featuring Dan Rather (10:00am – 11:30am)—The embodiment of the intrepid broadcast journalist. For more than 40 years, the former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent will reflect on his experiences in covering every major news story of our time. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will welcome us all to California. As the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since 1872 and one of the leading progressive voices in the country, Villaraigosa promises to make us all feel at home in the Golden State.

Lifestyle Sessions (12:30pm – 1:30pm)—These sessions are designed to share unique approaches to making the most out of life after 50 and to empower people to take charge of the economic, social, and physical aspects of their life@50+.

  • AARP Celebrates Movies for Grownups — Carl Reiner, an American icon of comedy famous for creating and starring in The 2000 Year Old Man (early 1960s) and The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1969), kicks off the AARP Celebrates Movies for Grownups film festival.
  • Finding Love After 50 in 2006 — Tom Blake writes “Single Again” for the Orange County Register. With more than 935 columns composed on finding love after 50 and beyond, he has a lot to share.

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