Thursday, January 7, 2010

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 know about the background of Elderhostel/
Exploritas, let’s take a look at some examples of their outstanding programming.

At the Art Institute: Focus on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Be introduced to the museum's 19th-Century Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection through gallery walks, slide lectures and discussions led by staff members from the Department of Museum Education. Courses examine ideas, techniques and achievements in the work of artists such as Monet, Renior, Cassatt, van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and many others. In addition to outstanding art courses, be instructed in the art of Tai Chi, an ancient exercise that teaches self discipline and body/mind coordination. Gain awareness of physical and mental expression using sustained motions. Tai Chi classes at the club from 8:30-9:30 a.m., no special clothing needed.

Stay at a downtown club with pool and athletic facilities, a 5-minute walk to the museum. Breakfast and dinner at the club, cafeteria lunch at the School of the Art Institute.

Pathways Through Culture – Spain. Your journey through Spain follows the cultural pathways that led this nation from cave to palace, and into the new millennium. Madrid's monuments and museums show you how the Spanish define themselves. Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, shines with the grandeur of the Muslim civilization that once ruled here. Long after the end of the Muslim Empire, traces of that culture remain today. In Seville, layers of civilization are unearthed, from the biblical Tarshish to the Castilian Golden Age and beyond. Accommodations are in comfortable hotels; double occupancy bedrooms with private bathrooms.

Adventures Afloat Study Cruise – Essential Greece: Athens and the Cyclades. Azure waters, crisp white hilltop buildings, and remnants of an ancient civilization are the exquisite backdrop for your exploration of the Greek Aegean Sea. Examine ancient history and contemporary culture--the early glories of Athens, the mysteries of Delphi and its famed Oracle--and local heritage and culture on this cruise of the Cycladic Islands. Delve into the rhythms of modern life in enchanting Santorini, historic Delos, and cosmopolitan Mykonos while studying traditions, food, and music in a region that has inspired and challenged humankind for millennia.

On board, immerse yourself in the most historically and culturally important Greek islands. Lectures examine ancient civilizations, gods and goddesses, art and culture, and modern Greek life. Field trips and excursions explore Kea; Santorini, believed by some to be ancient Atlantis; Naoussa, with its traditional chapels and whitewashed houses; enchanting and vibrant Mykonos, and the ruins on Delos, an archaeological site on what was the most important religious center in the region.

Your cruise ship is an intimate, four-deck Greek yacht built in 1995. At 153' long by 30' wide and cruising at 12-14 knots she can carry 32 passengers, all of whom may be Elderhostelers. Public areas, linked by stairs include a restaurant with lounge, and sundeck. Outside double-occupancy cabins have lower beds and air conditioning, private bathroom with shower. Limited singles available.

Reprinted with permission, ã 2004 Elderhostel Inc.
THURSDAY’S THOUGHT…Robert Louis Stevenson , the famous writer said, There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only, who is foreign. What a great philosophy for learning while traveling the world. 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 (


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this post...I'm ready to leave all this cold and float away!

Sage said...

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