The live forum kicked off with a mention of our July 2012 post, What the Sandwich Generation Wants in Senior Housing, which revealed that retired boomers desire “to have opportunities for continued learning, social interactions, fitness and rehab programs and spaces, and places where they can connect with nature.”
During our discussion, attendees talked about the benefits of LL programs, referencing existing ones that provide a good model for others to follow (of course, with room to grow). As the demand will only increase with the number of boomers and seniors seeking these learning opportunities, we also mused about the resources needed to develop, launch and expand both new and current programs.
The following questions took us through the hour:
Q1. What subjects would you like to learn about in your retirement years?
Q2: In your opinion, what would an ideal lifelong learning program look like? (If you know of any, please share examples!)
Q3: Lasell Village in Massachusetts requires all residents to participate in continuing education on campus. Thoughts?
Q4: Many retirement communities are now being connected to college campuses. Thoughts?
Q5: Should all LL programs have an intergenerational component or an option for caregivers to participate?
Q6: How can we tailor LL programs to serve seniors with mobility issues, dementia, and other obstacles to full participation?
Q7: How should LL programs be funded? Should seniors have to pay?
Q8: What resources are needed to ensure the continued growth and success of LL programs?
Check out these highlights:
Read more about lifelong learning on our blog, and review the wealth of resources, insights and ideas shared here, via the full chat transcript (thanks to @ctffox of The Fox Group for connecting us to this invaluable service). Analytics are available too; click here to see who attended.
Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, October 2nd at 1pm ET. Please note that we meet only on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, so there are no more chats scheduled for the month of September. Anyone who is interested in and passionate about eldercare issues can join our chat, anytime. Prior participation is not required, nor is there a need to stay for the full hour.
If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag. The LinkedIn group is also a great place to continue previous discussions, connect with those who share similar interests, or talk about the services that you, or the company you represent, have to offer.