The baby boomer generation has been shaping travel trends for decades, and now as millions of its members are heading toward retirement, it is doing the same thing once again.
Heading back to the classroom has become a popular retirement activity for older adults.
When the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked off in Las Vegas on January 8, most people might have assumed that the much-anticipated event would cater largely to a younger crowd, but that's not entirely the case.
Lifelong learning carries many advantages. It can help you earn a degree, stay socially engaged during retirement and even provide mental stimulation that many baby boomers crave.
Along with staying physically fit in retirement, many adults put a heavy emphasis on keeping their mind sharp once they have left the workforce.
Some people have the incorrect assumption that age-related declines are inevitable. While this is certainly not the case, the stereotype persisted.
Older adults have become increasingly likely to adopt the latest technology, and doing so may help them stay mentally active.
Transitioning to retirement has long been a challenge for older adults, but it may prove to be even more of an obstacle for baby boomers.
The fact that baby boomers are becoming increasingly likely to pick up the latest technology is nothing new, but a study out of Canada found that older adults are closing the gap between them and their younger counterparts.
More older adults than ever are heading back to school, but it's unlikely many of them have followed the path of Margaret Dunning.
There's often a common misconception that the older you are, the more set in the way you think, and the only thing you can do is stay mentally active to stave off cognitive decline.
Older adults can head back to school for many different reasons, but for some who are still in the workforce or looking for an encore career, the decision to return to the classroom often hinges on them learning a new skill.
It can be easy to assume that summer is the best time for vacations. After all, that's when most families take trips and given that the weather is perfect throughout much of the country, it seems like a perfect time.
Staying mentally sharp is of the utmost importance to many older adults, and a recent study out of Harvard reveals a simple way to do so.
Technology has come to play an increasingly important role in the life of older adults. This is especially true when it comes to the internet, with more than half of adults over 65 currently online.
Many baby boomers place a premium on staying active, and that is especially true when it comes to taking trips.
Older adults who head back to the classroom do so for many different reasons, whether it be to earn a new degree, stay mentally engaged or simply just to socialize.
There are few baby boomer icons larger than Billy Crystal, and now the longtime comedian is putting pen to paper to talk about growing older.
There are many aspects that go into a fulfilling retirement, whether it be working part-time or heading back to the classroom.
A growing body of research suggests there's a link between physical activity and brain health later in life, and researchers are trying to see if mental exercises can have the same impact.
It's not unusual to see older adults head back to school once they've retired, and recent research suggests they are doing themselves a considerable service.
Heading back to college is a common activity for many retirees, and while they may be returning to the classroom to earn a degree or pick up a new skill, research suggests older adults may walk away with better health.
Continuing education in retirement has become a popular option for many older adults in recent years, but one of the first organizations to recognize its importance was the Learning in Retirement Association (LIRA).
The importance of staying mentally and physically active later in life is well-known, and a group of older adults in Florida has found a unique way to do so.
Anyone approaching retirement may not know what they'll do with all their newfound free time.
Staying mentally sharp is of the utmost importance for many older adults, and a team of researchers think they've found the key, but it rests somewhere you might not expect.
A new book may offer baby boomers a few tips on how to enjoy a healthy, engaging retirement.
Smartphones and tablets have made life easier for users of all ages, but the helpful gadgets may hold even more benefits for baby boomers.
For many baby boomers, the prospect of going back to college seems like a farfetched idea, but one Oregon woman made it a reality.
Many people in the medical community believe omega-3 fatty acid, commonly taken in the form of fish oil supplements, may help stave off mental decline later in life.
For years baby boomers have been working to catch up with younger adults in terms of their technological knowledge, and a recent study found that they surpassed them in at least one area.
Whether it be for work, a degree or simply to stay mentally engaged, many older adults head back to the classroom later in the life. Though going back to school is a common choice among baby boomers, Gac Filipaj took a much different route.
Many college students across the country graduated over the last several weeks, and not all of them were in their early 20s
Whether it's to earn a degree or simply because they enjoy learning, many retirees are heading back to the classroom.
Lifelong learning and traveling are two of the most important aspects of retirement for baby boomers, and thanks to a new relationship between Road Scholar and Del Webb, they can do both at the same time.
Older adults use retirement to accomplish a number of different things. Some may choose to work on a longstanding project they never found time to finish, or others may want to catch up on all the books they've been meaning to read.
When most people hear the word investment, they probably assume the discussion will turn to finances. While that's certainly often the case, investing in non-financial things can also play a crucial role in retirement success.
Recently released Census figures show that Americans over 60 are more likely than ever to have a college degree as the number of older adults in the workforce continues to stay high.
People of any age can benefit from learning, but researchers believe older adults may have the most to gain.
Being able to speak more than one language may have more benefits than simply making it easier to get around in a foreign country.
Many people change careers after retirement, but few people have taken it to the extreme that Greg Banks did.
Whether fairly or not, playing video games has largely been labeled a frivolous activity. However, one study may make some people - namely baby boomers - think a little bit differently.
Though some older adults go back to school to pick up a new skill or get a new degree, there are some who aren't concerned with grades or walking away with a diploma.
There are many ways for adults to make their retirement years as fulfilling as possible. While some may choose to go back to work, others may want to go back to school.
Many adults are either looking to take the next step in their careers or even embark on a new path, but doing so can be difficult for some boomers who lack the credentials they need.
As millions of baby boomers reach an age typically associated with retirement, many of them may choose to head back to school.
A large swath of baby boomers grew up in the middle of the civil rights and other social movements, so it may come as no surprise that many of them are looking to spur social change once again during their second act.
It's not unusual for college towns to court prospective students by making themselves more appealing, but such areas are now setting their sights toward another group as well - retirees.
At a time when their children are heading off to college, a growing number of baby boomers are doing the same.
When it comes to staying active after retirement, there are myriad ways for boomers to do so, including heading back to school.
More and more colleges are offering baby boomers ways to head back to school, but few are going quite as far as the University of Wisconsin.
There is often a perception that young adults have sharper minds than their baby boomer counterparts, but results of a new study suggest that that notion may not be as true as once thought.
Adults heading back to school to learn a new skill or get a new job is not unheard of, but a group of about 1,200 students at Coastal Carolina University are going to class simply for the joy of learning.
For years social networks were thought of as the dominion of young internet users, but new research shows that is changing fast.
In 2007, a survey from U.S. News & World Report revealed that the number of college students aged 40 to 64 increased by 20 percent.
While some adult education programs offer students the chance to go back to school and get a degree they've always wanted, there are many other options popping up, like the Stanford's Continuing Studies Program (CSP).
It's no secret that many baby boomers are hoping to spend some of their retirement back in the classroom, but others may be wondering what the big attraction is.
The Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) at Lone Star College-Montgomery is a popular program where mature students can head back to the classroom to attend everything from workshops to seminars to field trips.
Many baby boomers are thinking about how they can make their retirement as productive as possible with a new career, possibly in a field that they've felt passionate or curious about for years
The University of Delaware's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) often hosts open houses that are testaments to just how many things mature students can choose to study if they go back to the classroom.
Larry Crowne, a recently released movie starring Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks, depicts an issue that is increasingly real for millions of Americans.
y The New York Times Knowledge Network and the University of Southern California (USC) have formed a partnership that seeks to utilize the expertise of USC's faculty and New York Times journalists.
Certificates of achievement were recently awarded to 1,000 lifelong learning students from the Manatee Technical Institute in Florida.
Road Scholar offers learning on the road to mature Travelers who want to travel and gain knowledge at the same time.
These days, lifelong learning has become a familiar term to many Americans. Universities and programs that cater to more mature college students are gaining traction across the country.
These days, retirees are looking to go back to the classroom to learn about subjects that they may have skipped over during their first time at college.
Professor Stephen McNair recently shared with The Guardian some of the results of his research on the effects of lifelong learning. He noted that education is "particularly important" during retirement.
Harvard University has become one of the latest schools to offer unique learning experiences for the baby boomer generation. Fittingly, the schools' Advanced Leadership Initiative is, like its undergrad and graduate programs, quite selective.
There are 117 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the country and their popularity is growing as baby boomers think about heading back to the classroom.
Have you always wished you had the chance to learn something, but work and family issues got in the way? It appears that many older Americans feel the same.
Polly Hoover had always been an enthusiast when it came to education. In the 1930s, she earned a scholarship thanks to her academic prowess, but had to put school on hold when her father told her that she needed to help with the family farm.
In the United States and Canada, universities are creating new programs and initiatives that will help retirees go back to the classroom.
Doreetha Daniels, 95, thought that her days in the classroom were over, until she was inspired to hit the books by her grandchildren, who were earning their college degrees.
While the traditional college student may be a twenty-something who is leaving home for the first time, more and more institutions are now turning their eye toward retiring baby boomers as prospective students.
When some people retire, they choose to pick up a new language and learn about a different culture. This may not only provide a useful skill to retirees when they travel abroad, but new research indicates it could also help keep the brain active.
Whether looking for a respite after a hard day at work or just trying to find a way to spend their leisure time doing something productive and creative, it seems that more older adults are choosing to go back to the classroom.
Many are making their retirement a learning experience, going back to school and studying subjects they never had time to explore.