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Learning for Personal Enrichment

Whether you are seeking an in-depth exploration of Scandinavian folklore, a quick overview of the history of your state, or an introduction to the politics of the Middle East, a growing number of organizations can meet your interests. Community education programs, associated with your local school district, offer a wealth of learning opportunities that are close by and easy to access. Colleges and universities, museums and art centers, and community organizations offer additional options.

You may find humanities courses of particular interest. Simply defined, the humanities are the stories, the ideas, and the words that help you make sense of your life and your world. The humanities introduce you to people you have never met, places you have never visited, and ideas that may never have occurred to you. Look for courses that are designed and led by older adults for their peers,

Elderhostel and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) focus on older adults. Elderhostel provides opportunities for educational travel. Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) are connected to universities across the country and provide opportunities for adults involved in both academic and recreational pursuits to share their experiences and interests with other members.

Book clubs and reading circles are great ways to come together to talk about history, religion, nature and more. Whether you are looking for a group of older adults interested in exploring works of poetry, drama, and fiction or a more cross-generational group, you probably will find them in your community.

You can find resources for finding or establishing a book club on the web. One place to start is the Reader’s Circle. Or do a search on “finding a book club” for many more options.

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