Melrose resident Jane Ahern-DeFillippi is no stranger to volunteering her time and talents for AARP Massachusetts. For many years, she has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for those aged 50 and older. Once again, Ahern-DeFillippi joins 800 volunteers participating in Life@50+ │ AARP’s National Event and Expo to be held May 8 through 10 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
We caught up with Ahern-DeFillippi at a recent volunteer training and asked what she likes best about volunteering for AARP. “I have been involved as an AARP Massachusetts volunteer Executive Council member since 2012 and I became a legislative advocacy volunteer in 2007 after the last Life@50+ event,” she said. Ahern-DeFillippi also represents AARP Massachusetts in the community at various tabling events across the state, and is an active participant in the state office's social media efforts.
At this year's Life@50+ event in Boston, 10,000 attendees are expected and Ahern-DeFillippi is sure to see some familiar faces among them. “The last Life@50+ event was so much fun, it sparked my interest. I volunteer because I want to pay back what I have learned.”
Ahern-DeFillippi said she plans to attend AARP’s Life Reimagined sessions at the event. Life Reimagined is all about possibilities—envisioning them, evaluating them and making them reality. Through past AARP trainings, Ahern-DeFillippi has been given expert guidance and resources for any life situation, along with support from her peers pursuing similar goals for work, relationships, health and finance.
In fact, Life Reimagined appeals to her so much, she hopes to be a Life Reimagined coach soon. “Life Reimagined to me means not being told what to do. You participate in designing your own future and get the tools you need to make your own future be as pleasant and productive as you choose.”
With AARP’s variety of volunteer programs and opportunities, you can easily find one that is right for you. Make service magic happen with opportunities that match your interests, skills and schedule. Find the perfect fit with our AARP Massachusetts volunteer opportunities.
Life@50+ │AARP’s National Event & Expo is a unique expo and entertainment event on Boston’s scenic waterfront. AARP’s national event will give attendees access to some of today’s most renowned celebrities including lifestyle, health, sports, travel and financial experts. Some key faces include Laura Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, The Moody Blues,* The Spinners,* and Mary Wilson.*
Admission to Life@50+ for AARP members is $25 and $35 for non-members (includes a one-year AARP membership). The entry fee includes access to the Exhibit Floor and workshops/sessions for all three days. Online registration, additional information on Life@50+, as well as the complete schedule can all be found at www.aarp.org/events . Register by phone at 1-800-650-6839.
(*The Moody Blues concert on Saturday evening, and the Life@50+ Dance Party on Friday night with The Spinners* and Mary Wilson*, are ticketed events at an additional cost ).
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.