Thursday, December 10, 2009

Lifelong Learning Thursday

Nancy Merz Nordstrom, author of Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret of Making the Most of Your After 50 Years will share the benefits of Lifelong Learning on Thursdays.

The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years.

Lifelong Learning in Your Later Years…
A Health Club for Your Mind, Body, and Spirit!

Last week, we looked at the format of educational travel. This week, let’s look at its close cousin, Cultural and Heritage Travel.

Cultural and Heritage Travel definitely bears mentioning, as it is a fairly new phenomenon that the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) is calling cultural and heritage tourism. Cultural and heritage travel emphasizes authenticity and hand-on participation, with richly orchestrated itineraries, including historic homes, buildings and locations; art galleries, theaters and museums; cultural events, festivals and fairs; ethnic and regional foods and music; ethnic communities; architectural and archeological treasures; and national and state parks.

Demand for this type of travel is growing and according to the USDOC, older Americans are leading the charge. They go on to say that museums have now eclipsed theme parks in popularity among U.S. travelers. Now, that’s nice to hear!

Baby Boomers will be seeking a new level of enrichment from leisure activities and the USDOC’s Office of Tourism has partnered with the private sector to create boost this type of travel. Cultural and heritage also travel helps local economic development and pride by harvesting existing assets under the management of those who live the cultural connections, including indigenous peoples.

“The popularity of these tours points to a changing paradigm in our maturing society; the “ownership” of cultural assets,” says Leslie R. Doggett, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Tourism Industries, USDOC.

“Google” cultural and heritage tourism to learn more.

If you have already left the workforce, begin to investigate the many educational travel options available for mature adults. You’ll find many that will make you want to start packing. If you are still working, and free time is at a premium, tuck this away until you are ready to leave the world of work and embark on your own “After-50” voyage. Educational travel is a life-enriching, life-enhancing and life-prolonging concept that gives you the opportunity to:

• fill your “After-50” years with joy and stimulation
• help change the stereotypical views of older adults
• leave a lasting legacy for the next generation

Educational Travel is too important and life changing to miss!

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back. That’s what life should be like – a constant moving ahead till the very end!

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Till Next Time…

Nancy Merz Nordstrom is Director of the Lifelong Learning Department at Computer School for Seniors (


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Anonymous said...

Great post, Nancy! I'm going to read it to my class.

jmdonahoe said...

If you're looking to combine learning and cultural and heritage tourism, check out the programs offered by Adventures in Preservation.

On their one- and two-week trips, you work on a historic preservation project, learning not only building conservation skills and the history of a particular site, but about the culture and heritage of the area. They have trips within the US and, in 2010, in Slovenia, Albania, Armenia as well. Their website is