Changes in Latitude,
AARP’s annual 2010 October
conference, held at the Orange County
Convention Center in Orlando, hosted
more than 25,000 seniors. People
attended from all 50 states and seven
countries. More than 2,100 volunteers
helped out at the event, which had an
estimated $30 million economic impact
on the area.
AARP Board Chair Phil Zarlengo
announced two primary organization
goals. The first: “Increase relevance”
for its members. And secondly, “…take
the lead on 50+ issues [in order to]
advocate social change.”
A wide range of sessions and activities
gave attendees many options, comprising
of concerts by B. B. King, Judy Collins,
Crosby Stills & Nash, Gladys Knight and
Los Lobos. There were movie screenings
including Invictus, Red and Secretariat.
Educational programs with speakers on
both sides of the political isle included
James Carville and Newt Gingrich.
Closing sessions—“Your Digital
Future”—with panelists Vint Cerf, Google
V.P. and “godfather of the internet,” and
USC Annenberg School Center for Digital
Future Director Jeffrey Cole, offered
insights into social media use by elders.
They said seniors are the fastest growing
group of social media users, with the
highest concentration among those over
the age of 70.
Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy winner
Whoopi Goldberg interviewed Larry King,
who shared highlights from his 25 years
with CNN interviewing celebrities, stars,
politicians and presidents. King shared
how he was politely ‘retired.’
Exhibits were dominated by AARP
insurance, travel and other affiliated
revenue centers, along with a dozen or so
independent vendors like Del Webb adult
communities and the state of Texas.
In September 2011, AARP heads
west for their annual conference. For
information on “Los Angeles 50+,”
Changes in Attitude
How relocating can change your health
The popular 1977 Jimmy Buffet song rolls off the lips so easily. Who knew that Buffet’s words would never ring truer than in your life today.
Changing your latitude can definitely change your attitude for the better
when you consider a few simple, common sense reasons.
1. Better weather = more outdoor time.
You don’t need a medical professional to tell you that the more exercise you
do the better your health will be. When you have more time to take walks on
the beach or through the neighborhood, your health and attitude will improve.
If you are barred indoors from the winter chill three months out of the year
and do not have an active exercise regimen, then yes, your health may suffer.
2. Lower cost of living = less stress.
In the South, you can save on average 44 percent off your cost of living
expenses of housing, healthcare, groceries, gas, taxes, etc. When you don’t
have to worry about that major tax bill coming in and have a little left over
each month from your old way of living, then your mind will not be as preoccupied with bills. Stress is a major contributor to deteriorating health.
Eliminate stress in part or in whole, and you’ll be healthier.
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3. Less congestion = more family time (and less stress).
In most of the South, our definition of ‘jam’ is something you put on
a biscuit, not what you see in your car at 6 p.m. on the highway. Instead
of white-knuckle driving and dinner getting cold, living in the South gives
you less of a commute time and more time for family. People who are able
to spend more time with family tend to live longer and healthier lives than
those that are unable to. Plus, avoiding road rage is an added perk too! |