Thursday, December 24, 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!

Now it’s time to talk about educational travel providers.

Over the last 34 years, due to the unparalleled success of Elderhostel, Inc., educational travel has grown exponentially. Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a look at some of the best programs available to older adults.

Today, however, travel providers are very aware that educational travel is here to stay. As the Baby Boomers-the most educated generation in history-move into their later years, travel organizations are scrambling to offer programs with educational content. Not all of them, however, are doing a good job.

The less reputable firms simply toss in a lecture or two and call it an educational travel program. It’s a thinly-veiled attempt to lure the unsuspecting. So, as with everything else, it’s imperative that you do your homework. Look over the itinerary, study the curriculum offerings and decide for yourself if the program you are interested in suits your needs.

Since we will be looking at some of the best programs, we therefore begin with the story of Elderhostel, Inc. As the pioneers and founders of the educational travel industry for older adults, their history sets the tone for this topic, and their programs are the “gold standard” by which all other educational travel programs are measured.

Next week - The Story of Elderhostel

“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” So says an old Moorish proverb. Nothing gives you a better sense of your fellow human beings than to learn about them in their home area. It’s an incredibly enlightening endeavor.

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Till Next Time…

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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great post--I'm ready to go on a "walk about"!