Jean Chatzky’s 12 Essential Money Rules

“Rules. A life without rules is exhausting and emotionally fraught.” That’s how Jean Chatzky opened her hour long session on financial security and retirement at Life@50+ today. She admitted that rules don’t seem fun – and the audience agreed. But soon she brought the crowd around to the virtues of boundaries, planning and delayed gratification. “Once you start planning, and get the numbers down on the page, things may not be as bad as you think they are,” said Chatzky, …

GIVEAWAY: Life@50+ Attendees Only

  Hello! We’re here hanging out with thousands of AARP members from all over the country, and right now at midday, we have a few extra tickets to tonight’s show to give away. Here’s how it’ll work… did you take a photo of anything during the time you’ve been at Life@50+? If you post it somewhere public (like on your Twitter feed!) and comment here with the URL, or Tweet at us (@AARP) we’ll give the first 3 to send …

Billy Crystal’s a Smash at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival

Billy Crystal confessed that he was left shaking after the thunderous audience response he got at tonight’s preview screening of his  new film Parental Guidance. Those shakes may well been the result of emotional overload, but it may also have had something to do with the sheer physical effect of 2,500 people simultaneously leaping to their feet and roaring their unconditional approval at the final fade-out. Of course, audiences at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival are always appreciative. The …

The Ultimate Cheapskate on “How to Retire the Cheapskate Way”

Folks who were lucky enough to be in New Orleans for Life@50+ National Event got a taste of the cheap life from AARP’s savings expert and Ultimate Cheapskate Jeff Yeager. Think living frugally has to be boring? Think again – and Jeff’s session was anything but. Jeff shared some advice from his upcoming book, How to Retire the Cheapskate Way: The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Guide to a Better, Earlier, Happier Retirement (due out in December).  A lot of what he shared is applicable for folks at …

From Grief to Wellness: Amy Voelker Wins a Fitness Makeover

Two years ago, Amy Voelker, 50, and her husband were enjoying the fruits of 20 years of marriage. Her two stepsons were married with kids. Her youngest son was doing well in his first year of college. Then tragedy struck this family when a drunk driver broadsided the car, instantly killing her husband and all three sons. After a lengthy trial for the drunk driver, Amy was at a turning point. “I was trying to figure out my future; I …

‘Marigold Hotel’ High Tea at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival

We were already thrilled to be showing this year’s most prominent movie for grownups - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - at our film festival this year, but 20th Century Fox did us a true solid by hosting a High British Tea reception before today’s screening. As you can see, the room was striking, with decorations and tea settings that evoked the film’s unique story, about a group of British retirees who settle down in India. Lovely Indian music played, and the …