How To Make Learning a Lifelong Adventure in Active Adults

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Opportunities for Expanding Your Knowledge and Interests are everywhere

Many universities, colleges, community colleges, and senior centers offer classes and programs focused on older adults pursuing learning in a creative and supportive environment. Whether you want to learn a foreign language, study history as it unfolds before you, or tap into your creative juices – opportunities abound!

Washington College in Chestertown – Academy of Lifelong Learning is marked by the characteristics of “intellectual curiosity, camaraderie of scholars and learners, and the wisdom of age and experience.” Spring class offerings include Sustainable Community Development, International Competitors from a political, economic and historical perspective, and Near Death Experiences – to name a few. Check the website for details: or call the office 410-778-7221.

Chesapeake College Institute for Adult Learning (A.I.L.)–This Institute was established in 2001 and offers a wide variety of learning opportunities on the campus of Chesapeake College. In the April-May semester you can learn more about the relationship between A. Lincoln and G. McClellan, Residential Architecture, Islam, or our own Constitution. Improve your fitness through TaiChi, study the differences between Wines of the World, or learn German to ease your next vacation. Contact 410-822-5400 for more information or take a look at the College’s website,

A part of The Johns Hopkins University, the Evergreen Society’s mission is to enhance the leisure time of semi-retired and retired individuals by providing stimulating learning experiences and the opportunity for new friendships. Classes are offered in North Baltimore, Columbia and Montgomery County. The Spring schedule includes Hubble’s New Universe, American Movers and Shakers, International Relations, and Shakespeare. View the schedule and membership information at or call 410-309-9531.

Many of the local Senior Centers offer classes provided through the Baltimore City Community College, the Baltimore City Commission on Aging and Retirement Education, community hospital outreach programs, and the senior centers themselves.

A sampling of what’s available:

– Myerberg Senior Center in Pikesville offers fitness through aerobics, body toning, and yoga classes, as well as a walking group. Literary arts include conversational Hebrew and Spanish, poetry, and creative writing. Watercolor, oil painting, decoupage, sculpture, and drawing classes are among the cultural programs available. Practical learning classes, such as computer skills, round out the Spring offerings. For additional information contact the center at 410-358-6856, or surf the web at

– At McFaul Senior Center in Bel Air participate in fine arts classes in painting (all levels of experience), ceramics, or tole painting. A book discussion group meets monthly, while current event discussions are held weekly. In addition there are dance, fitness, yoga, and TaiChi classes for those interested in improving their fitness. For the nimble-fingered, classes in woodworking and various needlework crafts are offered.Contact the Center at 410-638-4040, or surf the web at:

Learning in Retirement of Towson University –The Auburn Society offers opportunities for continued learning and activities for social and cultural enrichment – all within a congenial atmosphere. There are fall and spring classes, four to eight weeks in length, and a summer program. A sample of the spring 2005 program includes: Supreme Court and Civil Liberties, European Union, Hitchcock and Hermann music, Mary Cassatt, Intro to Watercolor, Little Gems in the Film Industry, and An Atmosphere of Mystery. Day trips and social events are also available. Classes meet in easily accessible, modern classrooms on the Towson University campus. There are 2 sessions: March 7- April 1 and April 11 – May 6. Speakers are available for presentations about the Society. Find out more by calling the Auburn office, 410-704-3437, or visit their web sit at

The Senior Institute at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)–Classes are offered at several senior centers in Baltimore County as well as at the 3 CCBC campuses. Topics cover literature, history, wellness, and computer literacy, as well as arts programs. Call 410-869-0296 for more information, or visit the College’s Website at

Peabody Institute Elderhostel–Elderhostel celebrates 30 years of educational excellence. By joining other members, you can see the world! Part of that world is celebrated at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Offerings for Spring include Classics with the Baltimore Symphony; music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Brahms; and Hollywood. For more information, call 410-659-8100, ext. 3085 or check out the website at .

Renaissance Institute at College of Notre Dame of Maryland –Members of this institute design and lead the non-credit courses offered at CND. Spring offerings include Planning for Prime Time, Game of Politics, oil painting, Jazz, a survey of Persons of Letters, Art and Architecture of Egypt, and Morocco. Courses to keep you physically fit include water aerobics and TaiChi. Contact them at 410-532-5351 or on the web at

Diane E. Schaefer, MA, Certified Senior Advisor,is president of Schaefer + Associates, LLC, a Baltimore-based Geriatric Consulting and Care Management firm.

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