Editor’s Note: Atlanta Senior Life supports and promotes the concept of Aging Adventurously. We will be bringing you travel and adventure columns, courtesy of Road Scholar, in upcoming issues.
By Jim Moses, president and CEO of Road Scholar
Every single day at Road Scholar we hear about people defying stereotypes.
An 80-year-old woman hiking the Appalachian Trail. A 60-year-old man learning to play the lap dulcimer in the Adirondacks. A widow traveling on her own for the first time in her life—to China, no less.
All of these people are experiencing great adventures—learning both about the world and about themselves—through journeys of personal growth. That is what Road Scholar participants love to do. Underlying all of this is one fact we can’t deny: every single day, every person alive is aging.
What does it mean to age? Each of us gets to decide for ourselves. What messages do we tell ourselves as we blow out the candles each year, and what do we hear from the world around us about growing older? All too often, the message isn’t inspiring. And we think it’s high time to change that.
Let’s celebrate aging together. Road Scholar has made 2017 the start of something big by kicking off an exciting new social media project inviting everyone to think differently about growing older. Join with Road Scholar, and together we’ll redefine “aging.”
Age boldly. Age proudly. Age adventurously!
Visit the Road Scholar Facebook page at facebook.com/rsadventures/ and you’ll find many ways to challenge yourself, to express your ideas and to add your voice to a community of older adults who are creating new stereotypes of aging. Not aging quietly. Not aging gracefully. Not aging alone at home. But, aging adventurously!
Road Scholar uses the hashtag #AgeAdventurously on all social media posts related to this theme. Clicking on the hashtag #AgeAdventurously in the Facebook updates allows you to see all the #AgeAdventurously posts that have been created. You can also type #AgeAdventurously in the Facebook search bar to find related content. You’re encouraged to include the hashtag #AgeAdventurously in your comments to the posts as well.
Road Scholar is the nation’s largest educational travel organization for adults. This not-for-profit educational organization offers 5,500 extraordinary learning adventures in 150 countries and 50 states. Road Scholars are immersed in a variety of educational activities, enlisting renowned faculty and experts who offer insider access not available to most individuals. Dedicated to making educational travel available to everyone, Road Scholar offers financial aid for those who otherwise could not participate in its programs.
Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in educational travel for adults since 1975. To learn more, visit roadscholar.org.