A Practical Guide to Senior Odyssey

  • Elizabeth A. L. Stine-Morrow
  • Jeanine M. Parisi


This chapter describes Senior Odyssey, a program of activity engagement which offers opportunities for intellectual challenge in a social context. Core elements include ill-defined problem-solving, team-based collaboration, competition, and play. We provide the history of the Senior Odyssey, a description of program logistics, and an overview of outcomes.


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We are grateful for support from the National Institute on Aging (Grants R03 AG024551 and R01 AG029475). We also wish to thank Joanne Rompel and Sammy Micklus for their support in helping us develop the Senior version of their Odyssey; Donna Whitehill, MT Campbell, Jennifer Kapolnek, and all of the Illinois Senior Odyssey coaches for keeping the program running so smoothly; and Donna Whitehill for thoughtful comments on an earlier version. For updates on published reports and photos of Senior Odyssey events, go to http://www.seniorodyssey.org.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth A. L. Stine-Morrow
    • 1
  • Jeanine M. Parisi
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology, and the Beckman InstituteUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA
  2. 2.Bloomberg School of Public HealthThe Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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