Leisure Programming for Baby Boomers
BookThe baby boomers—those born between 1946 and 1964—are a generation that consists of nearly 76 million Americans. Beginning in 2011, this large and influential population will begin their transition out of the workforce. As baby boomers enter retirement, they will be looking for opportunities in fitness, sports, outdoors, arts and cultural events, and other activities that suit their vibrant lifestyles. With their varied life experiences, values, and expectations, baby boomers are predicted to redefine the meaning of recreation and leisure programming for mature adults.
Though many researchers have forecast the boomers’ impact on the future, only Leisure Programming for Baby Boomers addresses key information that recreation and leisure professionals need in order to make program decisions with baby boomers in mind. The authors combine their research, programming, and marketing expertise to provide insights into the values and lifestyle choices of boomers and offer programming and marketing strategies to reach this large and influential population.
Leisure Programming for Baby Boomers will help you move beyond the traditional offerings of bingo, art classes, and social dances to capture the attention and imagination of your baby boomer community. This comprehensive guide offers these features:
- An in-depth review of current research to help you understand the values, interests, and needs of the boomer generation
- Guidance in adopting a “boomer lens” so you can more easily recognize the opportunities in working with this group and create and market programs that appeal to the values of this unique generation
- The Cochran Baby Boomer Quiz, a tool that can be used not only in assessing the programming preferences of the boomers in your community, but also in testing your staff’s knowledge of boomers and preparing them to work more effectively with this group
- Strategies, guidelines, and ready-to-use ideas for boomer-specific programming in arts and culture, outdoor recreation, education, wellness, and tourism
- Marketing templates and strategies that will attract boomers and keep them coming to your programs
With Leisure Programming for Baby Boomers, you’ll discover what distinguishes the baby boomer generation from previous generations in regard to their demographic makeup, gender differences, cultural influences, brand loyalty, consumer behavior, and spending patterns. Based on current research, Leisure Programming for Baby Boomers explains the boomer generation in terms of five value areas specific to recreation and leisure programming: cultural influences, healthy aging and society, retirement, leisure pursuits, and economic levels. Using this knowledge, you’ll learn how to consider these generational values to create effective marketing messages and plan appropriate programming.
Leisure Programming for Baby Boomers presents a range of detailed program ideas and formats that fulfill the interests of this new clientele so you can start offering new programs right away. It also offers guidelines and examples that will help you plan your own programs to meet the needs of your community. You’ll find all the tools you need to market your new programs, including techniques for attracting boomers to your programs and marketing templates that make implementing your marketing strategies simpler. Information on key topics such as marketing psychology; advertising beyond the brochure; motivating, recruiting, and communicating at the front lines; and creating and maintaining a focused image will help you better understand how to market programs.
In this demand-driven occupation, recreation professionals must be prepared to market and deliver a wide range of leisure opportunities to serve the boomer generation. Is your recreation or leisure program ready for the baby boomers? Leisure Programming for Baby Boomers will help you understand the unique profile of the boomer generation and respond with creative programs that will add value and quality to the leisure lives of this new generation of mature adults.
Reference for recreation and leisure professionals, fitness and active aging communities, and specialists working with outdoor, sports, arts and culture, and fitness and aging organizations to design program offerings targeted to the baby boomer population; supplemental text for recreation and leisure programming courses.
Table of ContentsChapter 1: Are You Ready for the Boomers?
Chapter 2: What Drives Boomers?
Chapter 3: Marketing to Baby Boomers
Chapter 4: Adopting a Boomer Lens
Chapter 5: Getting Groovy: Arts and Culture Program Ideas
Chapter 6: Pursuing Pathways: Education Program Ideas
Chapter 7: Life Is an Adventure: Outdoor Adventure Program Ideas
Chapter 8: Move to the Beat: Healthy Living Program Ideas
Chapter 9: Hit the Road: Travel Program Ideas
Chapter 10: The Boomer Future
“Finally a book that provides comprehensive information with specific, immediately useable program and service ideas for the baby boomer generation.”
Barry E. Weiss, Parks and Recreation Director, San Carlos, CA