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.

Life@50+ Vendor Spotlight: Ancestry.com

Life@50+ Vendor Spotlight: Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com at Lifeat50
Here at the Spring AARP Life@50+ Convention in Boston, I am one of nearly 20,000 seniors and baby boomers from all walks of life, come together for learning, sharing, shopping, and some good, old-fashioned fun. This is not, as our children and grandchildren may think, an “old person convention.” It is a gathering of individuals with an amazingly diverse set of experiences, backgrounds, interests, and persuasions, looking – more than anything – for ideas, opportunities, services, and products that will make the next few decades at least as exciting and fulfilling as the first five.

Contribute to Posterity with a Family History

After spending most of their adult lives working diligently for financial gain and material comfort, a growing number of retirees have become interested in ways to contribute something to posterity – such as providing a legacy of knowledge and understanding for following generations. One way to do this is genealogical research – and the tools available today for discovering one’s roots are more accessible, easier to navigate, and less expensive than ever before.

Creating a Buzz: Ancestry.com

Ancestry siteOne of the most visited vendor booths here in the convention center is that of the world’s leading online genealogy and family history resource site, Ancestry.com. My wife Mary Ann is here with me and is finding this most interesting since she is working on a family history with her brother Mike who has is a member of ancestry.com. IMG_20140508_132727_334-1As an AARP Discount Partner, Ancestry.com offers a substantially discounted rate for AARP members to access its extensive worldwide database of billions of genealogical records. The Ancestry.com vendor booth is drawing crowds consisting of both avid genealogists – who have already begun the challenge of untangling the roots of their family trees – and newcomers who have never before considered researching family histories. The eminently knowledgeable and helpful Ancestry.com team is here to meet with AARP members, have conversations about the site, and infect Boomers with the “genealogy bug.” People who have almost no previous knowledge of genealogy leave the booth inspired and intrigued by how much historical information is available to them. Ancestry.com has set up shop here with numerous computers and on-site research assistants. Those who want a demonstration fill out a simple worksheet with basic background information from both parents’ families, then sit down with one of the Ancestry.com researchers to see what can be accessed in the database. Even visitors who don’t have much historical information about their families beyond the names of their grandparents are amazed at how much information can be accessed with just some basic info: draft cards, census records, naturalization papers, and more. The ease and rapidity with which Ancestry.com’s researchers are able to pull up records, documents, and genealogical details is creating a buzz here among the Life@50+ attendees. Many, after experiencing that first exciting discovery, are eager to activate a membership at the site so they can begin digging deeper into their families’ histories.

Special Ancestry.com Discount Available to AARP Members

Contributing to the excitement surrounding the genealogy site is the great deal being offered to AARP members: Ancestry.com gives a 30% discount on a year’s worth of their World Explorer package subscription (those who are already members on the site can also access the discount by calling 1-800-514-4654). The World Explorer package gives members access to all of the Ancestry.com databases and other sources within the US and worldwide. This includes about 13 billion different documents, photographs, official records, and other information sources – and the available records are added to constantly, to the tune of about two million new pieces of information each day. An Ancestry.com membership can help you and the younger generations in your family understand where you came from. It can aid in verifying connections with historical societies such as the Sons or Daughters of the American Revolution. It may even help to improve your family’s healthcare, as documents such as death certificates are unearthed, shedding light on family medical history. You can organize and share your family tree, locate immigrant ancestors, connect with other members for help and ideas, and ultimately, bring your family history alive with historical documentation, leaving a legacy of information for your children and grandchildren. If you want to join the many AARP Life@50+ visitors who are taking advantage of the Ancestry.com World Explorer package discount, visit aarpdiscounts.com.