— AARP Michigan’s flash mob event with a “disrupt aging” theme has reached an impressive milestone. The flash mob video has eclipsed a half million views. The flash mob video was recorded in June. Lake St. Clair Metropark serves as the backdrop for this unique and exciting celebration of “disrupt aging.” The video features an 81-year-old weight lifter, a 58-year-old violinist, a 66-year-old magician, 65-year-old belly dancer, a 75-year-old recent college graduate, and more than 100 older adults and kids having a …

Ricardo the Remarkable performs his magic

— Settling back in his ergonomic chair, Richard Loescher begins to talk about his most recent adventure, and how much he enjoyed it. His eyes twinkle mischievously, he wears a big smile. The sense of adventure and satisfaction is almost palpable as he recounts the story. Recently, as part of his mentoring work at Universalist Unitarian Church, Richard accompanied a small group of middle school students to a ropes challenge course at a local park. The challenge involved climbing a ladder and …

— Let’s flip the script on aging. Join AARP in Savannah for 65 Shades of Silver: Living Life…Sassy, Suave and Satisfied on Friday, October 13th. A dynamic line up of speakers will focus on three core areas – health, wealth and self – and will provide tips and tools for those who are refocusing and reinventing themselves as they age. People of all ages are invited to attend to enjoy inspiring conversation, good food, fashion, music and fun! The event is …

— By Natalie Missakian Recently, while Tia Murphy was “trotting up the sides of hills” searching for rare birds, a 20-something in her bird-watching group complimented her for keeping up. “I said, ‘Why do you think I shouldn’t be?’ ” Murphy, 63, of Bethel, recalled. Murphy said the remark was well intentioned—the woman has since become one of her good “birding buddies”—but it highlights the type of attitude she wants to change as a volunteer for Disprupt Aging, a project of AARP …

— By Melissa Preddy Crazy hearts, wild and free, we’re gonna live forever, you and me… The synthesized beat of an up-tempo dance tune blared from loudspeakers near the shore of Lake St. Clair, where dozens of volunteers earnestly followed choreographer Jason Tiede through moves like “Wave!” “Point!” “Back over!” and “Freestyle!” A sense of urgency pervaded the peppy practice session in Harrison Township. The troupers, in shorts, T-shirts and Capri pants, had about four hours to perfect their routine and …

— It’s well known that Okinawans tend to live longer than other people. The islands of Okinawa are one of five places identified as “Blue Zones” by author Dan Buettner. These places are home to the world’s longest-lived people and Buettner has written extensively about the lessons the rest of us can learn from the people who live in Blue Zones. Researchers believe diet, genetics and lifestyle contribute to the long lifespan of Uchinanchu — people of Okinawan ancestry. Healthy foods …

— We love to talk about “disrupt aging” at AARP. What does that mean? It’s a call to shape the future of aging by challenging outdated beliefs about what it means to age and sparking new solutions so we can all choose how we live as we age. We need to change the conversation about age and aging in this country. Aging is about growth (not decline). It creates new opportunities (not just challenges). Older people are contributors (not burdens). And …

— A birthday card on her 50th birthday was an epiphany for AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “Welcome to the ‘Over the Hill Gang,’” it said. “I didn’t feel old. I wasn’t over the hill; I was on top of the mountain,” she wrote in her book, “Disrupt Aging.” That card inspired her to write her book and start a movement. Jenkins will be speaking about “Disrupt Aging” at the Hawaii Book & Music Festival Saturday, May 6 at 11:30 a.m. at …

4 States

— Saddlebrooke Masters Club Swim Team Competes in Arizona State Masters Swim Club Championship by Rodger Bivens     On April 8th and 9th, 2017, The Saddlebrook Masters Swim Club team competed in the Arizona State Masters Swim Club Championship that was held in Goodyear, Arizona at the YMCA pool.  Some 60 plus men and women competed over the two days in both individual events and relay events.  This meet was perhaps the most important meet of the year, since it …

— Join us for a Disrupt Aging conversation across professions, perspectives and generations hosted by the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut on Thursday, May 18, at 4:30 pm. This intergenerational workshop is designed to foster conversations among people of all ages, including professionals, community collaborators and consumers who are passionate about aging issues. Join together as a community to explore aging from a new perspective. The Jewish Federation of Western CT is hosting in collaboration with AARP and Borrow My Glasses. …