Kendal Library

Lifelong Learning


Lifelong learning is an important part of Kendal-Crosslands Communities, because it’s part of keeping healthy as we age.

Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Studies about lifelong learning have shown it can help delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s and related cognitive decline, help improve memory and promotes brain health. The science behind lifelong learning confirms what we’ve known at Kendal-Crosslands Communities from our inception. Lifelong learning and engagement in community helps transform the experience of aging for every resident in our independent living retirement communities and 50+ neighborhoods. .

Lecture in the Kendal Library

Whether it’s taking classes, attending lectures, cultural events, or volunteering and teaching other in the community, lifelong learning opportunities are diverse and virtually endless.

A Culture of Learning

We sometimes hear people describe Kendal-Crosslands Communities as being like college, just without the grades. The opportunity to explore new interests and ideas in a community of other intellectually engaged and vibrant people opens up a new world of possibilities for every resident. At each independent living retirement community and 50+ neighborhood, our residents are always learning new skills and discovering talents they didn’t know they had.

A Kendal~Crosslands resident weaving.

Lifelong Creativity

Residents participate in theater productions, choral groups and more. Others have written and published books, plays, poems and more, not to mention the many photographers, painters, weavers, and other creative pursuits.

Presentations on Campus

Kendal at Longwood and Crosslands both have their own auditoriums featuring lectures and presentations from scholars, film makers, artists, and even local political figures, along with theater productions, choral groups and more — all right on campus.

Formal Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Kendal~Crosslands offers formal lifelong learning programs with classes in conjunction with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Delaware, as well as classes at the Lifelong Institute at Immaculata University, and many residents take advantage of classes in both gardening and photography at nearby Longwood Gardens. Partnerships with local West Chester University also provide additional learning and growth opportunities.

There are also programs through the Chester County Night School, which offers a host of creative, enrichment classes from learning languages to cooking tapas, archery to Microsoft OneNote, glassblowing, ballroom dancing, Adobe Photoshop, or learning how to play an instrument. It’s all available, close by.

Nearby Learning Opportunities include:

  • West Chester University
  • University of Delaware (with transportation included)
  • Wilmington University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Delaware County Community College
  • Chester County Night School

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