Thursday, November 12, 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!

Now that we’ve taken a thorough look at lifelong learning programs, let’s spend some time over the coming weeks discussing the concept, benefits and opportunities of educational travel – another way to keep your mind challenged, your body active and your spirit soaring.

Elderhostel says, “The world is your classroom.” What an exciting thought for those of us planning for our “After-50” years. What a wonderful vehicle for our continued exploration of ourselves and all we have to offer to society.

Educational travel is tremendously helpful in this self-exploration. It helps us understand and appreciate different cultures. It also changes us by broadening perspectives and teaching us about new ways to measure our quality of life by what we see in other lands.

While we are still part of the workforce, however, we usually can not take the necessary time for truly in-depth educational travel. Despite our dedication to free enterprise and the American way, it is said that people in the United States actually work more hours than any other country on earth. Unfortunately, we are not given enough time to really explore what the world has to offer.

All that changes, however, once we leave the workforce and embark on the journey of our “After-50” years. Now is the time to explore and appreciate the amazing world around us, and we are so much the better for it.

Benefits of Educational Travel
Here are just a few of the many benefits you will derive from educational travel.
• View beautiful and historic sites.
• Learn about the culture and history of faraway places.
• Discover, learn and grow.
• Challenge inhibitions while gaining new perspectives.
• Gain a global viewpoint.
• Satisfy your curiosity about places of special interest.
• Develop lasting memories and friendships.
• Step outside your comfort zone.

That’s quite a list! Next week we’ll delve even further into the many nuances of educational travel.

Paul Tournier, a Swiss author has said, “The real meaning of travel, like that of a conversation by the fireside, is the discovery of oneself through contact with other people. And its condition is self-commitment in the dialogues.” I think this is an excellent summation of the value of educational travel.

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Till Next Time…

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

1 comment:

Sage said...

Always interesting read.