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AARP hosts Life@50+ for Boston seniors

May 1, 2014

Seniors living in Massachusetts retirement communities will have the opportunity to participate in the AARP's Life@50+ event, which seeks to connect older adults with a wealth of fun activities in the Boston area, including dining, volunteer opportunities, engaging presentations and even a dance party, where Mary Wilson from The Supremes will headline.

The expo is set to take place from May 8 to May 10, and seniors do not have to be members of the organization to participate in events. According to the AARP site, tickets are $25 for AARP members and $35 for nonmembers. 

Each day has a set schedule for seniors, complete with physical fitness activities, community service excursions, leisure time and presentations. 

Speakers to host workshops for seniors
Some of the world's most influential names will be present, leading workshops and presentations for attendees. Laura Bush, for example, will host a conversation with Barbara Pierce Bush at 9:15 a.m. May 9. Several television personalities will be in attendance, including Whoopi Goldberg and Jay Leno, who will have a public conversation at 9:30 a.m. May 10. Other names on the docket include some of the nation's top scholars, famed former athletes, authors, medical professionals and AARP representatives, all of whom will be speaking to crowds of seniors about a range of topics, from how to choose the healthiest food options to using travel resources to plan the perfect vacation.

Film festival for older adults 
Throughout the weekend, seniors will have the option to participate in the Movies for Grownups Film Festival, which will show some of the year's most critically acclaimed films. The first day of the expo, Documentary Day, will feature documentaries that have ties to the local community. Not only will attendees be able to watch these films for free, but they will also have the chance to participate in Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Following the string of documentaries shown on May 8, the organization will show Academy Award nominated film "Captain Phillips." 

The festival will run sporadically throughout the remainder of the weekend, prescreening four films that have yet to be released, including "Million Dollar Arm," "A Night in Old Mexico," "And So It Goes," and "Words and Pictures." Fred Schepsi, the director of "Words and Pictures," will host a Q&A following the picture. The film stars Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche and Keegan Connor Tracy and will not open in theaters until June 6.