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    Author(s): Lynda J. Sperazza; Priya Banerjee
    Date: 2010
    Source: In: Watts, Clifton E., Jr.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, eds. Proceedings of the 2009 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-66. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 70-74.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report - Proceedings
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    The 76 million Americans in the Baby Boomer population are the force behind the changing demographic picture of society today. Boomers' spending habits and lifestyle choices will also have a powerful influence on retirement and leisure in the coming decades. Boomers will redefine retirement and are expected to demand more than current senior programs and facilities offer. It will be profoundly important for recreation professionals to understand the leisure values of this cohort in order to provide adequate programs, facilities, and services. The purpose of this study was to explore the recreation and leisure values and preferences of tomorrow's seniors--as compared to current and past generations of seniors--to try to understand what boomers will be seeking in community recreation programs. Differences in the recreation and leisure values and preferences of boomer generation men and women are also explored.

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    Sperazza, Lynda J.; Banerjee, Priya. 2010. Boomers and seniors: The driving force behind leisure participation. In: Watts, Clifton E., Jr.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, eds. Proceedings of the 2009 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-66. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 70-74.

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