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About Innovation@50+

The Innovation@50+TM initiative aims to spark entrepreneurial activity across public and private sectors. Anchored by the AARP social mission – to enhance the quality of life for all as we age – the initiative enlists the expertise of visionary thinkers, entrepreneurs, the investment community, industry and not-for-profits to spur innovation to meet the needs and wants of people over 50.


On the ground, the initiative catalyzes research and helps shape a marketplace ethos by promoting core, unifying principles such as "design for all." It stimulates new business models that reflect the broad transformation in how the 50-plus life is being re-imagined. Lastly, the initiative prepares 50-plus people to communicate with, access, engage and thrive in a new "longevity economy."


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Driving Innovation Through Experimentation

Project Catalyst fills a gap in the market by putting the 50-plus consumer at the center of innovation.


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See Me, Hear Me

Innovation@50+ presents “See Me, Hear Me,” a continuing series examining whether major players in the consumer electronics industry are meeting the needs of boomers and seniors.

Research & Insights

The Longevity Economy

By 2015, more than 1.6 billion people in the world were part of the 50-plus cohort. By 2050, this number is projected to nearly double to about 3.2 billion people. Throughout the world, the growth of this age group is having a transformative impact, economically and socially. The U.S. alone is home to 111 million in the 50-plus cohort; they represent
a powerful force that is driving economic growth
and value. This is the Longevity Economy, representing the sum of all economic activity driven by the needs of Americans age 50 and older, and includes both products and services they purchase directly and the further economic activity this spending generates.  





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Health Innovation Hub 2016

AARP Innovation@50+ is proud to partner with Springboard Enterprises hosting the event in New York, Oct. 26-28, part of a yearlong program for women-led health care and life science companies seeking seed and growth funding to fuel expansion and product development.

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Financial Times Digital Health Summit

AARP Innovation@50+ is proud to be the lead sponsor of the summit in New York, Oct. 27, targeting the most pressing challenges and opportunities within the health care industry.

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HITLAB Innovators Summit

The summit in New York, Nov. 2–Dec. 1, offers a series of carefully curated talks, panels and collaboration opportunities to engage the most creative minds in health and technology.

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AARP Innovation@50+ is proud to be an innovation partner for the event in Palm Springs, Calif., Nov. 30–Dec. 2, embracing the question, “What if?” and inspiring important conversation focused on shaping a healthier world.

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