As editors of this site, we are always attempting to meet the needs of the older person in terms of information. Recently, we have had inquiries about what we thought of Elderhostel programs. Never having attended such a program, we could only suggest that the reports received were very positive. The Board of Directors of our site, http://www.therubins.com, decided to have one of the editors attend a program at an Elderhostel to see what it was like. Checking through the extensive catalogue that is distributed by Elderhostel, it was decided that the program at LAuberge du Mont outside of Quebec, Canada would be an interesting program to attend. The learning experience about the history of Quebec and the two tours of Quebec City as part of the program had an international flavor. The following begins a series of articles on this experience.
A call to Elderhostel indicated that there was room in the program for both my wife and I. We enrolled for the L'Auberge du Mont program over the phone and were assigned an identification number. We were able to pay with a credit card. Since it was only two and one half weeks before we were to arrive at the program, we requested information over the phone from Elderhostel. (Note: We were told that many of the more popular sites are sold out far in advance of the starting date.)
Compliments are due to those individuals who answered the phone for their courtesy and patience and focused information. They also gave us the phone number of the director of the program at the site we had selected, which was about 25 miles from Quebec city. The warmth and friendliness of the director and his wife enhanced our excitement about attending the course on history of Quebec. E-mail and express letters brought us all the information we needed to get to the program. They will even arrange taxi pools for those who had no direct way to get to St.-Gabriel de Valcartier, where our home would be for five days. Jean Pierre Deschenes and his wife patiently dealt with our indecision as to whether we would rent a car or use local transportation to get to the program. Our plan is to use local transportation. We leave on October 8th to begin this experience and hopefully we will be able to send reports back to our web site on the experience. (We do not have a laptop so we will have to rely on computers at the site.) Canada here we come.
FOR AN INFORMATIVE AND PERSONAL ARTICLE ON PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS WHEN SELECTING A NURSING HOME SEE OUR ARTICLE "How to Select a Nursing Home"
Continued in Elderhostels-Part II this article also contains a list of recommended elderhostel trips.
Harold Rubin, MS, ABD, CRC, Guest Lecturer
October 7th, 1999
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