Life @50+ Event Offers Boomers a Fun Weekend

10/4/2013, 11:35 a.m.
Tyler Perry and other major notables will be part of the Life @50+ National Event sponsored by AARP (Oct. 3-5) comes to the Georgia World Congress Center.

The baby boomers take over Atlanta this weekend as the popular Life @50+ National Event sponsored by AARP (Oct. 3-5) comes to the Georgia World Congress Center.

This is the first time that the bi-annual event has come to Atlanta and as in previous cities it will be packed with celebrities, experts, panel discussions, movies, and music concerts.

Attendees will get an opportunity to be informed by and engaged with such notables as: Media mogul Tyler Perry, Whoopie Goldberg, broadcasters Larry King, James “JB” Brown, Jane Pauley, and Samantha Brown, former UGA coach and athletic directory Vince Dooley, financial experts Chris Gardner and Jean Chatzky, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, civil rights legends Dick Gregory, Julian Bond and Andrew Young; legendary professional athletes Martina Navrati and Dan Marino.

“Life@50+ is a touchstone event that gives our members the unique opportunity to discover all that AARP and information they need to build the life they want,” said Kristin Palmer of AARP. “We look forward to connecting with our community in a dynamic way and fostering our continued success and presence in their lives.”

AARP has more than 37 million members and is the leading advocacy organization for person 50 plus.

The national event won’t be all work and no play. During the day, attendees will be informed with panel discussions on health, relationships, dating, finance, retirement issues and travel. In the evening Grammy Award-winning artist Gloria Estefan, R&B songstress Regina Belle, folk a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, gospel singer Dottie Peeples will be among those performing during the event.

Atlanta’s own former Ambassador Andrew Young, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond and comedian/social activist Dick Gregory will be apart of a special session Saturday morning honoring the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

The AARP Movies for Grownups® Film Festival Friday will offer an advanced screening of the highly anticipated film “At Middleton,” with a special appearance by actor Andy Garcia and writer/director Adam Rodgers. On Saturday the festival continues with screenings of “My Father and the Man in Black,” a documentary directed by Jonathan Holiff, the son of Johnny Cash’s former manager, and “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” starring Ed Begley, Jr. Both Holiff and Begley will make special appearances at the screenings.

Each year the non-profit advocacy organization holds two national events one in the spring and one in the fall. In 2014, the spring event will be in Boston and the fall event will be in San Diego.