Event showcases life after 50

Advocate file photo by EMILY SLACK -- Cecil and Neila Phillips dance the Samba during a ballroom dancing show at the 2012 Life After 50 Living Expo at the Baton Rouge River Center. This year's event, renamed Life Begins @ 50, is scheduled from  8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Show caption
Advocate file photo by EMILY SLACK -- Cecil and Neila Phillips dance the Samba during a ballroom dancing show at the 2012 Life After 50 Living Expo at the Baton Rouge River Center. This year's event, renamed Life Begins @ 50, is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

There’s a lot of life to be lived after the age of 50.

On Saturday the Baton Rouge River Center will be full of information and events to help south Louisiana residents better enjoy those years.

Life Begins @ 50, The Advocate and WBRZ’s 10th annual exposition aimed at those 50 and older, will feature speakers, health-care screenings and dozens of area businesses.

“The purpose is to bring as much information as possible to the 50 and up market,” said Linda Wunstel, marketing director for The Advocate.

For the first nine years, the event was named Life After 50, but Wunstel said the new name reflects the vibrancy of that age.

“It’s like a new lease on life,” she said. “The kids are out of the house; the mortgage is paid off.”

A completely free event, Life Begins @ 50 runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking in the east and west Baton Rouge River Center garages will be free during the event. Door prizes will be given throughout the day.

Free health screenings — including blood pressure, body weight and cholesterol checks and several other screenings — will be provided by area hospitals and health-care organizations.

On the main stage there will be a fashion show presented by Macy’s and a presentation of the Zumba Gold dance fitness program and ballroom dancing. The audience is encouraged to participate.

Members of The Advocate Food staff will present a live cooking show during the event.

At 9 a.m. Cheramie Sonnier, the Food section editor, and Julie Kay, The Advocate’s “What a Crock!” Columnist, will take the stage with Jeremy Langlois, executive chef of the Houmas House restaurants at Burnside. They will prepare paneed chicken with marsala sauce and get a chance to taste Langlois’ bisque of curried pumpkin, crawfish and corn.

Life Begins @ 50’s major sponsor is Our Lady of the Lake Physicians Group.