Florida Boomers Head to Miami for Life@50+ Event in May 2015

We were just down in Florida visiting The Villages last month now we’re heading back to Florida to attend the AARP’s Life@50+ Event in Miami May 14-16. I bet this event will have lots of Florida 50+ folks attending.

We found out there are 110,000 people living in The Villages near Orlando and everyone there would be 50+ and ideal candidates to make the trip down to Miami to attend the three day Life@50+ event. In fact Florida has more retirees than any state so having the Spring AARP event in their state is a big plus.

I have attended Life@50+ events myself for the last two years and have written about the reasons you may want to consider attending this year Life@50+ in Miami. See my post here: Reasons to Attend Life@50+.

My wife Mary Ann and I plan to take the trip down from Atlanta to Miami to attend Life@50+ Miami and already started making our plans. You can check out the list of speakers and celebrities who will be there as well as register here on 2015 Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami- AARP site.

We have found we enjoy the travel as well and get to experience a new city for a few days. We always take a city tour and sample the local restaurants and that makes the trip even better. Hope to see you there, I will be the guy with the Retirement Media Inc. hat on.

Robert and Mary Ann Fowler



AARP Travel, Vacations and Tours are Popular

AARP Travel,  Vacations, Tours are Popular

The nonprofit membership organization AARP (for individuals 50+ years of age) has long offered senior group travel and tour options for its members – and now it has improved its offerings even further with the launch of AARP Travel. This great new travel website has detailed destination information, special offers, and even an interactive Trip Finder to help prospective adventurers age 50 and older choose an exciting (or relaxing) tour or travel destination.

Baby boomers, the largest age demographic in the country, are moving into the age of retirement – and are seeking new experiences and social interactions to enjoy.

Boomers want experiences, not more stuff at this stage of their lives.

AARP-organized vacations, travel packages, and tours are ready-made senior-friendly travel options that can meet those needs while specifically catering to the desires of 50+ travelers.

Through relationships with Liberty Travel and Expedia, among other travel industry leaders, AARP can offer its members incredible group deals on some of the most sought-after travel destinations around the world.

Some of the favorite domestic AARP member vacations include Las Vegas packages, Hawaiian getaways, Washington, D.C. stays and tours, and New Orleans Jazz Festival experiences, and other offerings in major cities such as New York, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Portland.

For those looking to travel farther afield, there are a wide range of international travel options. You may enjoy tours of Paris museums, explorations of Barcelona and Rome, rail tours in the UK, cruises among the Galapagos Islands, and guided trips of Hong Kong, among many other destinations.

Available choices include fully escorted tours and small ship cruises, or independent travel with a planned itinerary and access to customer service support.

If you are looking for the right tour or travel package, even without a destination in mind, the interactive Trip Finder application on the AARP Travel website can help guide you toward some of the organization’s many offerings with “visual questions,” using photography to represent the geography, styles of travel, and activities offered by various packages.

The AARP also has a new travel relationship with Liberty Travel, offering personalized travel agent expertise, as well as discounts and exclusive benefits for AARP members. Many more travel companies and services are listed on the AARP Travel site.



The Boomer List

The Boomer List - Mary Ann and Robert
The Boomer List – Mary Ann and Robert

While at LifeAT50+ in Boston Mary Ann and I stood in front of a green screen for a photo and then was handed this photo.  It was kink of interesting, but what is “THE BOOMER LIST”.

Several of our friends were asking about THE BOOMER LIST also so I contacted Jen Reeves with AARP and received a press release about THE BOOMER LIST which explains everything.

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — 2014 marks an important shift in American culture, as the last of the baby boom generation will turn age 50 by the year’s end. To mark this momentous occasion, AARP today announced it is partnering with renowned American documentary filmmaker and photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders to present The Boomer List, a comprehensive look at 19 iconic boomers—one born each year of the baby boom from 1946-1964. The Boomer List will come to life later this year as an American Masters documentary film on PBS, a companion book, and an exhibit at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum, a museum that blends news history with up-to-the-second technology and is one of the city’s top attractions.

OK so it’s a documentary movie, thus the movie poster overlay on our photo above. What a great way to advertise a movie – give people a movie poster with them in it, to share with the world like I am doing here.  Wow, very cleaver.  Good move AARP!

The Boomer List documentary will highlight notable figures including music legend Billy Joel and novelist Amy Tan, author of “The Joy Luck Club,” and will debut in fall 2014 on PBS’s award-winning American Masters series. Viewers will gain insight into the Boomer generation through intimate interviews and portraits by Greenfield-Sanders that focus on exceptional achievement, struggle and identity, telling the story of extraordinary Americans and the history they lived through and often created. Film subjects will illuminate the important movements and changes that shaped the world during the baby boom years. Topics will include the environment; arts and entertainment; science; civil, LGBT and women’s rights; law; politics; public service; sports; the military and technology.

Well this could be interesting, but celebrities are not the only ones who lived through what we lived through.  I guess they couldn’t interview each one of us Boomers could they. That would take a long time.

Additionally, the 19 large-scale boomer portraits will be part of a nine-month exhibition at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., highlighting newsworthy people from the baby boom generation. “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders” opens Sept. 26, 2014, and will be on display through June 2015. Throughout the exhibit’s run, the Newseum will host a series of special programs and events that explore how boomers changed the world and the legacy they leave for future generations.

I wonder it their portraits will also have the movie poster overlay?

The Boomer List is the latest initiative announced as part of AARP’s yearlong program, Boomers@50+, which is sponsored by Consumer Cellular and celebrates this influential generation. This multi-platform initiative provides opportunities to reflect on how boomers have changed the world and to ask the question, “What’s next?” AARP will highlight The Boomer List as a central element of the celebration. To find out more about the baby boom generation and the events that shaped boomers’ lives, visit www.aarp.org/boomers.

 



Lifeat50+ Photo Gallery

Lifeat50+ events by AARP
Lifeat50+ events by AARP

Lifeat50+ Photo Gallery

Just returned from my second Lifeat50+, the one in Boston In May 2014 and we had a blast! So did a lot of our fellow baby boomers. We learned, socialized, and got entertained.  Here are some photos I took while at Lifeat50+.  By the way the next one is in San Diego this Fall 2014 so you should considered joining us!

 

Friday night concert by The Spinners at Lifeat50+
Friday night concert by The Spinners at Lifeat50+
The Spinners perform at Lifeat50+ in Boston
The Spinners perform at Lifeat50+ in Boston
Mary Wilson, age 70, gets the Boomers partying
Mary Wilson, age 70, gets the Boomers partying
Part of Lifeat50+ is touring the host city; Boston's Trinity Church reflection in modern building across street.
Part of Lifeat50+ is touring the host city; Boston’s Trinity Church reflection in modern building across street.
Our AARP Historic Boston tour in Paul Revere square
Our AARP Historic Boston tour in Paul Revere square
We had fun learning about tables at the #AARPTEK courses.
We had fun learning about tables at the #AARPTEK courses.
Lifeat50+ day of service - volunteers packing food for needy
Lifeat50+ day of service – volunteers packing food for needy
AARP Discounts were plenty including Denny's
AARP Discounts were plenty including Denny’s
Zipcar representatives at Lifeat50+ in Boston
Zipcar representatives at Lifeat50+ in Boston
Boomer and travel bloggers get a tour of AARP providers
Boomer and travel bloggers get a tour of AARP providers
Plenty of helpful folks all around in case you have a question or need to find something.
Plenty of helpful folks all around in case you have a question or need to find something.

 

Ancestry.com at Lifeat50
That’s Mary Ann checking her family history at Ancestry.com
TEK stands for Technology, Education and Knowledge.
TEK stands for Technology, Education and Knowledge.
Plaza hotel we took a morning walk thru Back Bay Boston
From our Boston Park Plaza hotel we took a morning walk thru Back Bay Boston
Boomers trying out the massage chairs at lifeat50+
Boomers trying out the massage chairs. We heard they were great!
Liberty Travel was a fun and informative stop. They are a full personal service travel agent.
Liberty Travel was a fun and informative stop. They are a full personal service travel agent.
All kinds of hats, glasses, beads, fun stuff was given away and worn.
All kinds of hats, glasses, beads, fun stuff was given away and worn.
Everybody was a winner at Lifeat50+
Everybody was a winner at Lifeat50+
Just look at those faces! You can tell when folks are having fun. When is the last time you had that much fun?  Come join us at Lifeat50+
Just look at those faces! You can tell when folks are having fun. Come join us at Lifeat50+
Dan Marino at Lifeat50+
Dan Marino at Lifeat50+
Boomers having fun at Lifeat50+
Boomers having fun at Lifeat50+
Several hundred volunteers at Lifeat50+
Several hundred volunteers at Lifeat50+
AARP Theatre had several boomer movies screenings
AARP Theatre had several boomer movies screenings

Next Lifeat50+ is in San Diego
 AARP Discounts

Thanks to Josh Chaney at SBC  Advertising, to fellow Boomer Bloggers Jennifer at Solo Travel Girl,  Chris of Chis Cruises, Christine at Frugal Travel Guy,  David & Veronica at The GypsyNester, Donna at My Itchy Travel Feet, Ronna, Mindy and  Felice at Better After 50 , Zippy at Champagne Living and Lisa at Grandma’s Briefs and Mary Ann of Retirement Media Inc.



AARP Vendor Spotlight: Toys “R” Us

AARP Vendor Spotlight: Toys “R” Us

At first you may be perplexed as some of the AARP vendors and wonder why on earth these vendors thought today’s 50+ crowd would be a great target market.  One of those is Toys “R” Us!  Not many of my 50+ contemporaries are into Barbie dolls, video games, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or skateboarding, I think to myself. What was Toys “R” Us thinking?

But then it hit me: The vast majority of Americans over the age of 50 are grandparents! And what do grandparents like to do? Well, spoil grandchildren, of course – and spend time in child-friendly play and recreation with those justifiably-spoiled little angels. And, with a little more thought on the subject, I realized that many of our grandchildren actually live in our households – over 6.5 million of those grandchildren in the U.S. alone, as a matter of fact. As grandparents, we play a critical role in supporting our children’s learning, development, and achievement.

Much to Offer Grandparents

I learned that Toys “R” Us is very serious about reinforcing and supporting the role of grandparents in children’s lives. Toys “R” Us – and its subsidiary Babies “R” Us – even have a special “Grandparents’ Corner” resource on their websites, designed to help grandparents navigate the somewhat overwhelming catalog of products. The Grandparents’ Corner has links to pages specifically for “First Visits with Baby” (toys and baby items for newborns and new moms), “Capturing Memories” (Scrapbooking, photography and photo albums, et cetera), “Gifts for Inside Fun,” “Gifts for Outside Fun,” “Top Toy Picks” (favorites chosen by kids in each age group), and “Grand Projects” (creative activity kits to get grandparents and grandkids involved together).

Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us AARP Member Discounts

Of course, understanding that this grandparenting generation also loves to save money where we can, Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us are teaming with AARP to offer discounts at both stores to the 50+ crowd. AARP members can now save $5 on every purchase of $25 or more at either store – or online – every Monday through Thursday. We can miss the weekend crowds of tired parents and overexcited kids (nobody else’s kids are nearly as lovely as our own grandchildren, after all), and just by showing our AARP membership cards, can get discounts on the stuff those grandkids will love. There may be some excluded items such as diapers or formula, and most of the high-end electronics are not included in the deal, but that still leaves approximately 100,000 baby items, toys, games, arts and crafts kits, bikes, skateboards, sports equipment, dollbabies, and all of those fun add-on accessories made to go with the popular toys.

To get the Toys “R” Us AARP discount – just be a current member. For more information and a link to the Grandparents’ Corner, click here.



AARP Life@50+ Vendor Spotlight: Schwan’s Home Delivery

AARP Life@50+ Vendor Spotlight: Schwan’s Home Delivery

It has been another exciting day in Beantown at the AARP Life@50+ convention, where I have been mixing and mingling and living it up with my contemporaries from all 50 of these United States – and even some from across the pond. Senior citizens and baby boomers from 50 to 75+ have come to network, socialize, learn new things, get ideas for their retirement years, and find great deals on products and services specifically targeted to the 50+ crowd.

The majority of the activities, entertainment, and vendors here at Life@50+ are aimed at helping vibrant, active Boomers pursue the next segment of their life journey. Many of us have recently retired, or are nearing retirement, and are now in pursuit of fulfilling enterprises, active recreation and healthy living. The vendor expo houses over 200 booths, featuring a broad range of vendors for all aspects of 50+ lifestyles: financial, health and fitness, technology, travel and leisure, home and garden, retail, and much more.

A Health-Conscious Crowd

As a group, we Baby Boomers are a more active and health-conscious crowd than most of our parents and grandparents were in their retirement years. We have worked hard to stay on top of our health and fitness, so that we can truly enjoy the opportunities that come our way for travel, recreation, and family time once we have retired – and we want to continue with our healthy choices. The organizers for AARP Life@50+ are obviously aware of this trend, as I have seen many vendors and exhibitors offering information, services, and products geared specifically toward healthy habits and nutrition.

Schwan’s Home Service, an AARP Discount Partner

Schwan's Home DeliveryToday I heard about a new AARP vendor – the Schwan’s Home Delivery company.

The Minnesota-based national frozen foods company has made a name for itself with its yellow trucks full of ice creams and delicious meats and seafood, and has now expanded its offerings with hundreds of healthy meal options in the LiveSmart line of products – foods with minimal additives, fewer calories, less sugar and sodium, and no trans fats. Schwan’s Home Service is now the largest direct-to-home food delivery provider in the nation, with over 400 distribution centers across the country.

Schwan’s Home Delivery means convenience: From the comfort of your own home you can order from an online catalog of frozen meats, pizzas, prepared entrees, appetizers, desserts, and even fruits and vegetables – and have them delivered right to your doorstep by a polite and efficient delivery person. When you are too busy to run to the grocery store, the grandkids are visiting, or you just want to avoid the temptations down every grocery aisle, the home delivery and multiple-serving re-sealable packages of delicious, healthy meal options are a perfect solution.

AARP and Schwan’s Home Service has teamed up to offer AARP members some special deals. New Schwan’s customers with an AARP membership can receive $20 off of their first $50 order. Then, with every online order from then on, they will receive double SCHWAN’S Rewards, earning rewards points worth 10% of each purchase, which can be used for a future order. AARP members will also receive email offers for Exclusive AARP Member Hot Deal Promos.

You don’t have to be here at the Life@50+ convention to get these great Schwan’s deals, either – just click here, or go to the Schwan’s website, enter your AARP membership number, and create a Schwan’s account to receive these special promotions. Creating an account is free, with no obligation to purchase anything.