Thursday, February 18, 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!

On Top of a Glacier…

With the beautiful Austrian Alps as a backdrop we viewed slides and listened to lectures on the history, geology, and culture of that mountainous region. Early the next morning, we headed for the Stubai Valley area. We were going to visit a glacier.

We traveled through picturesque towns of incredible beauty. Each one was nicer than the last. All along the way we saw evidence of the most popular tourist attractions in the area – alpine and cross-country skiing. This is where the Austrian Olympic ski teams come to practice and perform.

After lunch in a quaint little alpine restaurant, we finally arrived at the base of the glacier mountain. We took a funicular up to the base camp or first level, where we found a cozy restaurant and ski lodge. We then climbed aboard a second enclosed lift and were taken to the top of the glacier. What a site and what an experience! Mixed with the ice were rocks thousands of years old, and our leader was diligent about pointing out all their interesting facts. It was quite a learning experience and so much fun!

We were so busy, my three-week program flew by. The last day found us listening to a lecture on Austrian industry. We then visited the oldest bell foundry in Europe, built in 1599, and run by the same family for 14 generations.

Next Week…An End and a New Beginning


The author, Wilfred Peterson, said “A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints” The chain of a 29-year routine was broken for me with this educational travel program and things have never been the same since. 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:

Sage said...

I have to say one of the best things I have ever done was to start a blog. I would encourage your students to try it. It keeps my mind always working, researching something I enjoy and learning something new. Yesterday I finally accomplished something I have been trying to do for months. It was nothing major in the world of accomplishemnts, but for me it was a reaching another step.
You would be surprised how much you can do if you just try.