AARP will host its first Ideas@50+ National Event & Expo at the San Diego Convention Center, September 4-6, 2014.
As the leading organization for people over 50 with nearly 38 million members, AARP’s national event will allow attendees the chance to get up close and personal with today’s most renowned innovators, experts and influencers. Attendees will experience all that AARP has to offer and discover their own real possibilities through a series of four focused program themes: Health & Wellness, Technology & Innovation, Money & Work, and Lifestyle & Travel. Each theme will offer four unique sessions, followed by a series of intimate salons, a premium opportunity for attendees to continue the discussion with select speakers.
“Ideas@50+ is the beginning of an evolution to a more content-driven, interactive experience of exploring, thinking, and engaging with our key audience about the relevant ideas and issues that matter to the 50+ population and their families,” said incoming AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “In San Diego, we look forward to connecting with our members in a dynamic way and exploring their desire to live their best lives through these new thought-provoking programs.”
Thursday, September 4th
AARP will kickoff Ideas@50+ with a Community Day of Service in San Diego. Beginning bright and early Thursday morning, hundreds of volunteers will participate in several community service projects at the Convention Center. Projects include: assembling gift boxes for local nonprofit Serving Seniors; creating educational materials for children on behalf of Voices for Children and the Barrio Logan College Institute; and building skateboards for the Tony Hawk Foundation. AARP will also participate in a community service project with Rebuilding Together where volunteers will help renovate and improve the home of legendary local saxophonist Daniel Jackson. In the afternoon, AARP’s Men’s Life Ambassador and NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino will host a football clinic for youth at a local Boys and Girls Club.
Thursday also marks the beginning of a three-day Drive to End Hunger meal-packing event sponsored by the AARP Credit Card from Chase. In the exhibit hall, hundreds of volunteers will pack 50,000 meals for residents served by the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
The interactive Ideas@50+ trade show, with more than 150 exhibiting companies, will open its doors at 1:00 pm. Exhibit highlights include participation from Platinum Level sponsors
UnitedHealthcare, Chase, Intel, GreatCall and Toyota. The exhibit hall will also feature free technology and social media training for attendees in the AARP Technology & Innovation Pavilion, as well as Health Interactive@50+ presentations hosted by technology companies that are revolutionizing health care through innovation.
In addition, the American Red Cross will host a two-day blood drive with a goal to collect 50 pints of blood from donors attending Ideas@50+. The blood drive begins on Thursday, 1:00–6:00 pm, and runs through Friday, 11:00 am–5:00 pm in the exhibit hall at Booth 4307.
Friday, September 5th
The event program begins on Friday with a general session moderated by journalist Soledad O'Brien featuring actors Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis Dreyfus. Legendary lifestyle maven Martha Stewart will host a Travel & Lifestyle session followed by an intimate salon with attendees. Throughout the day, there will be Health & Wellness sessions, including an afternoon keynote session with the stars of the hit television show, “The Doctors”: Travis Stork, M.D., Jennifer Ashton, M.D., and Ian Smith, M.D. Additional highlights include Technology & Innovation sessions with Jeffrey Cole, Ph.D. Mary Furlong, GreatCall CEO David Inns and Claire Hughes Johnson, a session on “The Art of Innovation” by Guy Kawasaki, a Money & Work session with AARP Financial Ambassador Jean Chatzky, and a Travel & Lifestyle session with AARP Travel Ambassador Samantha Brown.
The day will close with the finale of the AARP Boomer Superstar Contest powered by American Idol Live! hosted by music producer and former American Idol judge Randy Jackson. A panel of celebrity judges will include 19-time Grammy-winning musician/producer Emilio Estefan, Grammy-winning R&B/jazz vocalist Patti Austin and American Idol winner and singer/songwriter Taylor Hicks. The evening will include live performances by the top five finalists, Patti Austin and Taylor Hicks. Contest finalists will compete to win $5,000 and an audition with music label 19 Recordings. Tickets are $25 and are on sale now through www.aarp.org/events or by phone at 1-800-650-6839.
Saturday, September 6th
A Life Reimagined panel featuring actress Valerie Harper will open the final day, followed by a Money & Work session with security consultant Frank Abagnale and a Health & Wellness session with Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. In the afternoon, attendees will be treated to an exclusive session with famed photographer and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders on the new PBS American Masters documentary, The Boomer List. Iconic boomers profiled in the film, including activist Erin Brockovich, will also be participating. An afternoon keynote session with media mogul Arianna Huffington will be followed by an evening concert featuring John Mellencamp with special guests Los Lobos and Mavis Staples. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com.
Admission to Ideas@50+ for AARP members is $25and $35 for non-members. The entry fee includes access to the exhibit hall, the opening show, and seminars/sessions for all three days. Non-member registration includes a one-year membership to AARP. Online registration is open now at www.aarp.org/events or by phone at 1-800-650-6839.
Additional information on Ideas@50+, as well as the complete schedule, can be found online at www.aarp.org/events.