Thursday, May 6, 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.


LEARNING LATER, LIVING GREATER:
The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years.

…a Health Club for Your Mind. Body and Spirit!


Here is more information on intergenerational mentoring…

Mentoring can take place almost anywhere, in the home (children often listen to their grandparents more than their parents) in the workplace through in-house workshops run by experienced co-workers, and in the schools. There is a desperate need for school mentors in all grades. In fact, this type of mentoring has become very popular.

The role of a mentor is not to impose your thoughts and beliefs on the person you are mentoring. Instead, the goal is to get them to reveal their own thoughts and beliefs, using gentle encouragement throughout the process. Successful mentors point out the importance of developing the ability to listen while using appropriate questions to further aid the process.

This ensures both the mentor and the mentoree are on the same wave length and that both will benefit from the exchange of ideas. Mentors gain an infusion of vitality and energy from the youth they are mentoring, while the mentoree gains valuable perspective and knowledge about the larger world they may not have had the chance to explore yet.

Successful mentors don’t try to impress, nor do they impose their own belief systems. Instead, they try to bring out the mentoree’s own innate sense of knowledge. Respect the fact that they are unique individuals with as much right to their own beliefs as you are.

Remember to listen to their concerns before attempting to share your wisdom. Recognize that successful mentoring takes time. Make sure you ask yourself some important question prior to embarking on this adventure. Why do you want to be a mentor? What knowledge do you want to pass on? Prepare an inventory of your skills, knowledge and your life experiences. Determine who would most benefit from your experience. When you have these answers, then you can begin to make a difference in someone’s life.

Intergenerational mentoring is truly one of the most valuable methods of community engagement. Mentoring helps combat family dysfunction, drug addition and abuse. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing you’ve helped the next generation.

THURSDAY’S THOUGHT…

One lifelong learner says, I am 85 years old and still learning. As a volunteer, I work with the disadvantaged from all walks of life. It has opened my eyes and my mind, making me more aware of the problems of others. There’s nothing like focusing on other issues to take your mind off the aches and pains and drama of everyday life.


For more information on Learning Later, Living Greater visit http://www.learninglater.com/ You can purchase Learning Later, Living Greater at http://www.amazon.com/

Till Next Time…

1 comment:

You May Say I'm A Dreamer said...

So glad I found your site...I look forward to learning more and more about this crazy cyber-world we live in!! Hope all is well,
~Mary