Mary Staackmann has worked in the field of adult education and enrichment for over 15 years in a variety of organizations.
Currently the Director of Lifelong Learning at North Shore Senior Center, Mary and the Lifelong Learning staff bring together a comprehensive selection of programs that provide older adults the opportunity to age successfully through educational classes, enrichment programs, social activities, fitness and wellness opportunities, and volunteer engagement.
Mary is a Certified Program Planner, and holds masters degrees in Anthropology and History, with an emphasis on education, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Management.
The wave of baby boomers is just starting to hit – are we ready? Senior Centers often talk about programming for Baby Boomers and trying to attract this younger audience.
How do we do that successfully? Baby Boomers as a generation are just entering the life stage that senior centers serve. Yet, Boomers are different than our current customer in many ways.
This session will discuss the Boomers cohort, their values and trends as a generation, and how that can affect their preferences in programs and where they participate as they enter this new lifestage.
Attendees will review North Shore Senior Center’s efforts to prepare for the generational shift that is beginning, and the probable impact it will have on the Center and programming.