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AARP event to focus on woman who challenged beliefs on aging
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‘Disrupt Aging’ art exhibit and reception

When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville

Cost: Free, open to the public

More info: Serena Garcia, 404-870-3788, www.aarp.org or 877-926-8300

Women’s History Month will continue Thursday with an event celebrating the life of a woman who challenged outdated beliefs about what it means to age, as well as founded AARP Georgia and what was then known as the National Retired Teacher’s Association.

AARP employee Lily Liu will serve as the keynote speaker for the free event, which will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Brenau Downtown Center, located at 301 Main St. SW in Gainesville.

Guests will hear from AARP Georgia executive council member Kay Argroves and Liu, who as the AARP’s historian and archivist is an expert on founder Ethel Percy Andrus, who lived from 1884 to 1967.

The presentation will focus on Andrus’s life milestones as part of part of the aging revolution and the impact of her work.

“Andrus helped all Americans to understand that ‘age is not a defeat, but a victory; not a punishment, but a privilege,’” said Serena Garcia, spokeswoman for AARP Georgia.

Garcia said Andrus stood up to legislators about prescription drug prices, a topic still relevant in 2017.

“She was a woman of many firsts and in particular, her greatest work in communities began after the age of 50,” Garcia said.

A reception and an exhibition titled “Disrupt Aging” are part of the event.

The theme will highlight Andrus’s devotion to changing the way we think about aging.

“She was a first in her education career working with diverse communities and addressing the often overlooked needs of a growing aging population,” Debra Tyler-Horton, AARP Georgia state director, said in a press release.

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