AARP’s Life@50+ = Bargain of a Lifetime!

Hands down, the best $25 I’ve ever spent: AARP’s Life@50+ National Event. That’s the price of admission for the entire three day event ($35 for non-members), and you easily get 10 times that amount in return value in the form of world class entertainment, cutting edge information, and schwag … lots and lots of schwag. This past week, Life@50+ 2012 was held in New Orleans, and on Saturday – the last day of the event – I woke up with a …

Paul Williams “Alive” and Kicking at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival

There are two types of famous people: There are the Snookies and the Kardashians, whose fame is, perversely, the result of being famous. Then there are the Billy Crystals and the Paul Williamses, whose fame comes layered with affection, because of the ways they’ve touched our lives. Billy I wrote about last night; today Paul came to New Orleans for a screening of his new film, Paul Williams Still Alive, the final event in this year’s Movies for Grownups Film …

Your Brain On Music, As Explained by Mickey Hart

He was caring for his grandmother, which was just fine with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. Except she wasn’t speaking. She had been officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s some time before, and she hadn’t spoken in a year. Not one word. Finally, Mickey pulled out his drum, and played a simple rhythm. One she knew. She spoke. “Mickey?” She knew his name! Mickey Hart was fascinated. What was it about the rhythms that had such a power over a deteriorating brain? …

Dating Again: The Re-Entry Checklist

I had the pleasure of talking to AARP members about being single and dating after 50 at their annual member event Life@50+ in New Orleans. Here are some of the key points from our discussion: When you want to date again, first consider the non-online possibilities: friends of friends, single events, hobby groups, places of worship, etc. Go to busy places to find a potential mate, such as airports, concerts, political groups, volunteering opportunities. Don’t be afraid to chat up people! …

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 …