La conferencia nacional y exhibición Life@50 + Miami trae tres días emocionantes al Miami Beach Convention Center este 14, 15 y 16 de mayo.
“Somos 37 millones de miembros y esperamos que unos 15.000 se hagan presente”, dijo a este medio Jason Weisten, director del evento más importante para la organización.
Para aquellos que no saben qué es AARP, es la oportunidad de oro de conocer lo que hacen mediante exhibiciones, conciertos, charlas, entre otras actividades.
“Somos una asociación de gente de 50 años en adelante que lucha para equipar a esta población para que tengan una buena calidad de vida”, anotó Weistein.
Desde la remodelación de las casas de tres veteranos de bajos recursos en Miami Gardens; la repartición de 50.000 meriendas nutritivas para ancianos y paquetes que contienen artículos en caso de un huracán; la demostración de nuevos inventos que hacen mejor la vida de la comunidad de 50 años en adelante; un festival de cine, charlas con expertos en salud, motivación, finanzas; conciertos con figuras como Gloria Estefan, Rita Moreno y Jon Secada, hasta el concurso AARP Superstar Contest cuyo anfitrión será Arsenio Hall, esos tres días serán inolvidables.
“Queremos que todos sepan qué es AARP y todo lo que tenemos que ofrecer, traigan a sus padres, abuelos, nietos, todos a este gran festival”, invitó el director.
May 14-16, 2015
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
El costo para los tres días es $35 para miembros y $45 para los no miembros. Algunas sesiones serán traducidas al español pero el evento es mayormente en inglés. Si desea registrarse hágalo pronto aquí: www.aarp.org/events o por teléfono 1-800-650-6839.
Para conocer la agenda complete de Life@50+ Miami, vaya a atwww.aarp.org/events.
Mire estos participantes del concurso AARP Super Star:
Foto principal cortesía Miami Visitors & Conventions Bureau
Thursday, May 14
Life@50+ kicks off with the AARP Foundation Community Celebration of Service early Thursday morning. Projects include: Housing Rebuild—in collaboration with Rebuilding Together, volunteers will help rebuild the homes of three low-income homeowners—all veterans—in the Miami Gardens neighborhood; AARP Foundation Meal Pack—volunteers will pack 50,000 nutritious meals to benefit the Feeding South Florida Food Bank; Cards to Re-Connect—volunteers will create greeting cards with personal messages, to be delivered to nursing and veterans facilities; Produce and Potato “Drop”—in collaboration with the Society of St. Andrew, volunteers will help gather fresh produce donated by local farmers and package it for delivery to at-risk seniors in the Miami area; FEMA Emergency Preparedness Kits—volunteers will help create 450 emergency kits for seniors who do not have the resources or ability to gather the items needed during weather emergencies. All projects will continue on Friday and Saturday except for the Housing Rebuild project.
AARP will host the Health Innovation50+ LivePitch competition Thursday afternoon. This is an opportunity for cutting-edge health and wellness start-up companies to take the stage and pitch innovative products and services for the 50-plus community. Participating attendees will be provided with a handheld wireless device for use in rating each company after its pitch. At the end of the day, a Judges’ Winner and an AARP Consumer Winner will be announced. More information on the finalist can found at https://health50.org/finalists/.
Thursday evening also marks the beginning of the Movies For Grownups Film Festival with the pre-release screening of I’ll See You in My Dreams. Starring Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott, the film follows a widow who is settled into her life and her age, until a series of events propel her into a renewed engagement with the people and the world around her. There will be a post-screening Q&A with co-star Sam Elliott and writer/director Brett Haley.
Friday, May 15
Friday’s event sessions will begin with a keynote address from Robin Roberts followed by several breakout sessions focused on the various event tracks. These sessions include Ben Stein and Jean Chatzky on Money and Work; Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., FACP and James “JB” Brown on Health and Wellness; Samantha Brown on Travel and Lifestyle; Michio Kaku, Ph.D. on Technology and Innovation; and, a special session with Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew, on what Life Reimagined means to her.
Movies For Grownups Film Festival will feature pre-release screenings of Mr. Holmes and Love & Mercy Friday afternoon. Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen, follows the story of an aging Sherlock Holmes in 1947 who—grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind—revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement. Love & Mercy—starring John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks—presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. This film will be followed by a post-screening Q&A with director Bill Pohlad.
The much anticipated finale of the AARP Superstar Contest hosted by Arsenio Hall will be held Friday evening with the remaining five contestants competing live on stage. Audience members will vote for the top two contestants, who will then do one last performance before a panel of judges that will include Tena Clark, Emilio Estefan, Chaka Khan and Kenny Loggins. Both Chaka Khan and Kenny Loggins will also be performing. (For more details and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/events/national_event/entertainment/).
Saturday, May 16
Sessions begin Saturday morning with Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. on Health and Wellness; Jeffrey Cole, Ph.D.,Donnie Simpson and Blair Underwood on Technology and Innovation; Rita Moreno, Jon Secada and Alex Dinelaris on Arts and Culture; Ingrid Hoffman on Health and Wellness; Alonzo and Tracy Mourning, and Robert Carter on Travel and Lifestyle.
Movies For Grownups Film Festival will feature screenings of Caring for Mom and Dad, and 5 Flights Up. Caring for Mom & Dad, an hour-long primetime PBS special, offers an intimate look at the issues facing working family caregivers struggling to balance work, home life and caring for elderly parents. A discussion will immediately follow the film with director, Larkin McPhee and Dr. Roslyn Schneider, Senior Director, Global Patient Affairs, Pfizer Inc. In 5 Flights Up, Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton play an aging couple who puts their once run-down, two-bedroom home of 40 years on the now hip and booming Brooklyn market. As the couple struggles with the decision to change their lives drastically, they rediscover the bond of love that has kept them together. There will be a post-screening Q&A with writer Jill Ciment.
AARP will round out Saturday evening with a night of music and entertainment at the Life@50+ Miami concert. (For more details and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/events/national_event/entertainment/).