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Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger and Happier

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Description: Road Scholar Senior Vice President Peter Spiers has authored a new book set for publication in June 2012 entitled Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier. Master Class reverse engineers the lifestyle of some of the most hale and hearty older people in the world, the participants in Road Scholar’s educational travel programs, and lays out a holistic program, targeted at people on the cusp of retirement, for a life of engagement, enrichment, and fulfillment.

Master Class identifies 25-30 core activities—from volunteering and joining Lifelong Learning Institutes to gardening and educational travel—to which Masters are drawn, and explains why their blend of socializing, moving, creating, and thinking are a recipe for both successful aging and cognitive health. Master Class carefully integrates the latest in academic and internal Elderhostel research, but it’s the testimony of the Masters themselves that makes the most compelling case for the lifestyle, and which will motivate readers to get on the road to becoming Masters themselves.

In his presentation, Mr. Spiers will illustrate what healthy aging looks like based on new academic research, focus groups and personal interviews.

Presenter(s): Peter Spiers is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Outreach for Road Scholar. Prior to joining Road Scholar, he held several leadership positions in the publishing industry. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard Univeristy, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a master of science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Format: Lecture

Target audience: Educators, including librarians, college professors and administrators.

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Association
  • Government
  • Museum
  • Nonprofit
  • Public
  • Research Library


  • Continuing Education
  • Personnel and Staffing
  • Social Change
  • Strategic Planning
  • Trends and Forecasting

Additional comments: Road Scholar is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime. Since its inception, more than 5 million people have enrolled in its more than 6,500 iconic educational adventures offered annually in 50 states and 150 countries around the world. Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, Inc., the world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.