Thursday, September 10, 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!

Last week we talked about the Elderhostel Institute Network and its role in helping grow the “learning in retirement” movement. Today we’ll briefly discuss another, smaller network that is helping to promote the concept, benefits and opportunities of lifelong learning for older adults.

That network is ALIROW, the Association for Learning in Retirement Organizations of the West. ALIROW is an active association of independent Learning in Retirement (LIR) associations. Their member-directed activities are generally located on campuses of sponsoring universities and colleges of the Western United States.

ALIROW Council members meet periodically to exchange information and to learn the skills and requirements needed to insure the successful operation of the individual campus organizations. All officers and delegates serve as volunteers. There is no paid staff. ALIROW is supported through nominal dues.

Formally organized in 1984, they are the first umbrella organization to support university level, self-directed learning institutes for retirement age learners. ALIROW supports the educational objectives of all national associations related to learning in retirement. Their goal is to cooperate with everyone in the academic community who support this rapidly growing movement.

Most of the LLIs who belong to ALIROW also belong to the Elderhostel Institute Network, increasing their resources even further. Thirty-six programs in Arizona, California, Oregon, Nevada Washington and British Columbia belong to the ALIROW network.


Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. ~Henry L. Doherty. The growth of both the Elderhostel Institute Network, which was discussed last week, and ALIROW prove that there is real value in continuing to learn no matter what your age.

For more information on Learning Later, Living Greater visit

You can purchase Learning Later, Living Greater at

Till Next Time…

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

1 comment:

Jeff Cobb said...

Nancy - I came across your site and book only recently. Looking forward to reading the book. So glad someone is actively advocating and promoting the idea that lifelong learning is indeed lifelong! - Jeff