Mar 3, 2016
New Book from AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins Sets Out to Change the Conversation About What it Means to Get Older
A bold new path to living your best life at every age

WASHINGTON DC –AARP today announced the forthcoming release of Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age, the debut book from AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. The book is available for pre-order now.

Jo Ann Jenkins suggests it’s time to redefine what it means to get older. She encourages us to re-think the negative stories we tell ourselves and each other, so that together we can change both the conversation and the reality. While sharing these ideas with others, and meeting fearless people working to change what it means to age in America, Jo Ann was inspired to write this book.

We’ve all seen the ads on TV and in magazines—“50 is the new 30” or “60 is the new 40.” AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins disagrees. 50 is 50, and she, for one, likes the look of it. In her highly focused but down-to-earth personal style, Ms. Jenkins says Disrupt Aging is not about defying aging ordenying aging.  It’s about owning your age.

In Disrupt Aging, Jenkins focuses on three core areas—health, wealth, and self—to show people how to embrace opportunities and change the way society looks at getting older. Here, she chronicles her own journey and that of others who are making their mark as disruptors to show readers how we can be active, healthy, and happy as we get older. Through this powerful and engaging narrative, she touches on all the important issues facing people 50+ today, from caregiving and mindful living to building age-friendly communities and making our money last.

Disrupt Aging provides readers practical, hands-on, highly useful information for a broad range of key issues, including:

  • Taking Control of Your Health
  • Choosing Where You Live – or Want to Live
  • Financing Your Future
  • Putting Your Experience to Work
  • And More

This is a book for anyone who wants to continue exploring possibilities, to celebrate discovery over decline, and to seek out opportunities to live the best life there is. Our ability to live longer, healthier lives is one of our greatest achievements. It's time we treat it as such, and this book will show readers how.

About the Author

Jo Ann Jenkins is the chief executive officer of AARP. Previously, she served as its COO and, before that, president of AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity. Before joining AARP, she was the COO of the Library of Congress. She has received the Library of Congress Distinguished Service Award and in 2015 was named Influencer of the Year by the NonProfit Times.

Praise for Disrupt Aging

“Jo Ann Jenkins doesn’t just challenge the stereotypes of aging, she reduces them to rubble, showing that our later years can be just as productive, meaningful, and purposeful as our primary working years. Disrupt Aging is for anyone who insists on living a life of connection, engagement, expansion, and possibility—at any age.” — Arianna Huffington, cofounder, president, and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group

“Jo Ann Jenkins’s Disrupt Aging is spot-on: every single year is a gift. By confronting the most common stereotypes about aging, this book will help us all live each year to the fullest.” —Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org

“Jo Ann Jenkins believes that age and experience can expand life’s possibilities for all of us. In this personal and thought-provoking book, she inspires us to seize the opportunities that longer lives give us and to embrace aging as something to look forward to, not something to fear.”— Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion

“In Disrupt Aging, Jo Ann Jenkins lays out a game plan for living your best life regardless of your age.”—Dan Marino, former NFL Quarterback

“A brilliant and compelling new look at the future of aging.”— Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Age Lab

“In Disrupt Aging, Jenkins offers the generational call to action we’ve been waiting for. Beautifully written, full of humor and inspiration, and powerfully argued, this book offers the definitive map for making the most of the longevity revolution, as individuals and as a nation.” Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of and author of The Big Shift

The book, Disrupt Aging is now available for pre-order

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About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit or follow @aarp and our CEO @JoAnn_Jenkins on Twitter.

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