Retirees: Learning, Rediscovering…Living the Dream

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They’ve worked hard. They’ve raised kids, saved, and made sacrifices. Now, with long-awaited free time, they want to pursue new interests and rediscover old ones. Today’s retirees are keen to make the most of their non-working years.

But the more than 13% of the US population aged 65 or older (and that percentage expected to balloon in the next five years)1 is the group least likely to have visited the library in the last year.2 Public libraries have their work cut out to serve the needs of this age group. Luckily, Gale has resources that can attract and support seniors’ thirst for discovery.

Looking back, looking forward

Retirees have a broad range of interests, and you can support their varied tastes. Take genealogy, a popular topic for seniors and others. With Gale Genealogy Connect, seniors in your community can make deeper historic connections while exploring their family roots. Designed specifically to empower researchers, this advanced online tool also helps users learn proper research methods and helps them organize and define goals to build the best possible family tree.

Or, if finally learning Italian (or French or Mandarin or six other languages) is on their wish list, retirees can learn with Powerspeak Languages, a powerful online language learning program. Using research-driven techniques to take full advantage of the brain’s natural ability to acquire language and rooted in decades of research and development and designed to teach users of all ages, Powerspeak Languages features a combination of scored online activities, exercises, lessons, and games.

Are retirees in your community interested in collectibles or antiques? You can help collectors grow or sell their collections with this database that offers real-world support for establishing value for collectibles.

Gale also offers eBooks on our award-winning GVRL platform that users can access anytime, anywhere supporting interests in travel, financial planning, technology, health topics, and much more. For example:

DK Eyewitness Costa Rica Travel Guide  (and dozens of other travel guides!)

Laptops For Seniors For Dummies

Idiot’s Guides: Medicare 

Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers

Boost Your Brain

Dating After 50 For Dummies

Retirees may also have a keen interest in Gale Courses. These six-week long courses are taught by college instructors and experts in the field, ensuring a high-quality, high-impact educational experience for all ages. Courses support interests in the following:

  • Photography
  • Write Your Life Story
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word 2013
  • Lose Weight and Keep it Off
  • And many more topics of special interest

Learn about all our resources for The Retiree.

Access a free two-week trial today!  Or contact your Gale representative or call 1-800-877-GALE to request a quote.

1 Public Libraries Online, a publication of the Public Library Association, November/December 2013.

2 Pew Research Center, June 30, 2014.


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