It’s been an interesting week to observe the leisure activities of what I’ll refer to as the new seniors. You’ve heard repeatedly heard how baby boomers will redefine aging and retirement. The proof is in the pudding, as they say.
Last Sunday, a small group of us went jeeping. There were six cars. The youngest were in their fifties, but most were in their sixties or above. At one point, the guys were moving boulders our of the way and I tried to imagine my dad doing the same thing when he was this age. While men will admit they may not be as strong as they once were, they don’t hesitate to show off what they still have.
Later in the week, I went to personal growth class at church. Once again, I looked around the room. Everyone was in their late fifties and above. There may be a number of reasons for this. Younger people are busy with families and working. It also shows that baby boomers are not going to go quietly off into the sunset.
Finally, last night, I attended a line dancing class. Once again, most of the participants were in the late fifties and above. While not terribly strenuous, line dancing does take a certain amount of physical endurance.
What does this say about how new seniors are redefining leisure activities? People want to stay connected. Leisure activities are often opportunities to be social and connect with others.
The new leisure activities are physical. New seniors want more than sitting in a rocker or fishing. People want to stay physically activity and push to see how long they can remain active. In addition to being physically active, people want to expand their minds, and develop personally. People don’t necessarily believe their best years are behind them. They are looking for new ways to connect and express themselves, as well as have fun.
Written by Cathy Severson, MS