HOBBIES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Do you have a hobby? Hobbies can give meaning and purpose to your life in retirement. As Robert Putnam points out in his book, Bowling Alone, it’s easy to discount the importance of hobbies and social engagements. Putnam details the widespread decline in civic engagement, from PTA memberships to neighborhood potlucks and bowling leagues. Over a couple of generations, Americans have misplaced the concept of free time.

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Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future.

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WHY WE ENJOY OUR HOBBIES

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.

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To help with your dreaming and preparing, check out Road Scholar, a senior-friendly travel program that’s “open to all inquisitive explorers.” With more than 5,000 excursions to 150 countries – from Albania to Zimbabwe – and all 50 states, you can hit the road in ease and comfort, ready to learn and experience the world. Many Road Scholar participants are over age 50 years.


Road Scholar was founded in 1975 as Elderhostel by Marty Knowlton and David Bianco. It was rebranded Road Scholar in 2010 to reflect its growth and evolution. In 1985, the organization began offering trips for grandparents and their grandchildren.


The programs are all inclusive. This includes lectures presented by experts, field trips, lodging, most meals, gratuities and group transportation. Road Scholar has negotiated special fares and routings for international flights. It also has scholarships for people who don’t have the resources to go on a Road Scholar learning adventure. Caregiver Grants provide a respite from the emotional and physical demands of being a caregiver. Road Scholar will even help you offset the costs of arranging substitute care while you’re on a Road Scholar learning adventure.


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from detailed itineraries full of learning experiences to lightly structured schedules with lots of free time. The levels range from Easy Going (keep walking to a minimum) to On Your Feet (some walking during the day; able to get on and off a coach; able to stand for a few hours when learning in museums) to Keep the Pace (spending most of the day exploring) to Let’s Go – you’re game for anything.


Grandparent Adventures will take you and your grandchild(ren) to intriguing places in the United States and abroad. Grouped under interests such as animals and wildlife, fantasy, myths and legend, film and theater, sports and active outdoor adventures, you and your grandchild can choose a journey together and find yourselves bonding as you learn more about the world.


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