AARP to host cross-generational ‘Life Festival’ next month

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AARP, the world’s largest advocacy organization for people age 50-plus, announced it will bring its new Life Festival event to Chicago on June 5-6, 2009.

AARP, the world’s largest advocacy organization for people age 50-plus, announced it will bring its new Life Festival event to Chicago on June 5-6, 2009. The two-day, cross-generational celebration will serve the diverse city of Chicago and its surrounding communities by delivering a vibrant combination of learning and sharing in the form of high-profile speakers addressing health, wellness and financial security topics, exhibits, free health screenings, a job fair and musical entertainment.

Upwards of approximately 5,000 attendees are expected, and UnitedHealth Group has signed on as the premier sponsor for the AARP Life Festival.

“With people across the state struggling with job loss and soaring health care costs, they need help, tools and resources more than ever to get back on track,” said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois State Director. “AARP is looking to connect them with employers, financial resources and experts, and other valuable information at the Life Festival to help people weather the storm.”

The AARP Life Festival will be held at Navy Pier and is free to all AARP members and only $10 for non-members age 40 and up (includes a one-year AARP membership, a $16 value). Featured speakers/ activities include:

James Brown (“J.B”), TV personality (CBS Sports/Showtime’s "Inside the NFL") and AARP’s Community Ambassador

Stedman Graham, author, educator and entrepreneur

Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments and Financial Contributor to ABC’s "Good Morning America"

Tom Joyner, nationally syndicated radio personality

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