Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lifelong Learning Thursday

Nancy Merz Nordstrom, author of Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret of Making the Most of Your After 50 Years will share the benefits of Lifelong Learning on Thursdays.

The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years.

Lifelong Learning in Your Later Years… 
A Health Club for Your Mind, Body, and Spirit!

So why do people become involved in lifelong learning? There are many reasons, each one individual and personal.

One big reason, however, is for the socialization. Social activities are a very big component of later-life learning– participants make new friends and some have even found new spouses!

Social activities surround lifelong learning activities. They make a wonderful addition to your social calendar.

But don’t confuse these activities with stereotypical senior citizen events. Most of these activities have a strong educational component. Just look at some of the many events learning later explorers take part in:
• Walking & Hiking Clubs
• Theater Trips
• Dinner Clubs
• Book Clubs
• Current Events Groups
• Weekend Getaways
• Summer Picnics
• Theme Festivals
• Chess Clubs
• Ice Cream Socials
• Holiday Parties
• Theme Dinners
• Card Groups
• Bird Clubs
• Special Interest Groups

Participants in later-life learning are as busy as they want to be, taking courses, developing new friendships, helping in the community, going on field trips and other social outings, and just plain having fun. They bring new focus to their lives and open the eyes of society at large about what it means to be an older adult.

Lifelong Learning’s core values of Learning, Exploring, and Serving, coupled with benefits for the Mind, Body and Spirit make it an incredibly powerful tool for personal transformation and life enhancement.

Over the last twenty years, scientists have documented the fact that being involved in social activities not only enhances lives but adds years as well. It’s almost as good as exercising for prolonging life. What a thought!

For more information on Learning Later, Living Greater visit

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Till Next Time…

Nancy Merz Nordstrom is Director of the Lifelong Learning Department at Computer School for Seniors (

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