This follows on from my last blog where I am looking for positive images of older people. If you start off by surfing the net and type in “Old People” into Google, what you tend to find is adverts for the largest national old peoples’ organisations, old peoples’ health stories and Government organisations for older people. Valuable as they are, these sites are not exactly inspiring.
As an alternative, I follow a number of subjects on a “Flipboard” site and after searching through a number of magazines, I eventually found a reference to a number of sites of interest to older people. The one that struck my attention was “Road Scholar”. This is an American travel site which specialises in educational tours. It’s a not for profit organisation with headquarters in Boston and is primarily geared to educational travel tours for older adults.
I’m not sure if their holidays include cloud surfing or are quite as adventurous as the 100’s of people that went abseiling, climbing, canoeing and horse riding with the ExtraCare Charitable Trust in Devon, but they certainly go to some exciting places around the world.
Last year they offered 4,600 trips throughout North America and around the world and offered services to over 100,000 people.
I think this is a great example of an organisation that has built itself into a positive image of ageing. It’s offering an opportunity for individuals to travel in a safe and organised environment and fulfil ambitions that they may not have the confidence to complete on their own.
To find out more, click on the following link:-