Lifelong Learning: Your key to successful aging

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

― Henry Ford

Kendal-Crosslands Communities makes lifelong learning easy for residents. As a participant of the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), residents have easy access to a wide range of continuing education classes, programs and courses. Residents can take a quick bus ride from Kendal-Crosslands to the Wilmington campus to attend OLLI’s programs and classes.

Kendal-Crosslands also partners with Widener University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to bring several classes a year to the Kendal campus, which residents and members of the public are invited to attend.

The Value of Lifelong Learning

The benefits of lifelong learning are truly endless; Research shows that lifelong learning classes offer more than just an educational opportunity. 69 percent of personal learners say lifelong learning opened them up to new perspectives. 64 percent reported making new friends, and 58 percent said they felt more connected to their community.

Jack Schultz, a Kendal-Crosslands resident who has helped to coordinate the Widener courses on campus says, “I like to be entertained by learning new things, rather than just by entertainment itself. You enjoy the presentation and learn something at the same time.”

University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Delaware’s institute is defined as an “academic cooperative” that “provides opportunities for intellectual development, cultural stimulation, personal growth, and social interaction in an academic cooperative run by its members who volunteer their time and talents,” according to their website. “The program is centered on classes developed and led by fellow members.”

“Lifelong learning is so important because it keeps me active in a different way,” says Joanne Sencindiver, a Kendal-Crosslands resident. “It’s interesting to learn new things, be off campus, and be with people who have similar interests.” Joanne attends many of the offered courses on the Delaware University campus, and usually takes up to 4 courses a semester.

Course topics can range from languages and the arts, to humanities, financial planning, math, and literature. “I took a number of finance courses and that has really helped me when I’m talking with my stock broker, and when I’m preparing my taxes and things like that,” adds Joanne. “However, I especially enjoy the history courses. They have all just increased my love of history.”

Widener University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Widener University’s OLLI bring the classes to the Kendal campus, to make it even easier for residents to learn something new.

“We host one five-week course in the spring and one in the fall.” says Michele Berardi, Director of Outreach at Kendal-Crosslands. “And, you don’t have to be a Kendal resident to attend these classes.”

This semester, students at Kendal-Crosslands are learning about America’s challenges in maintaining peace, with a course titled “The War is Over! America’s Attempts to Win the Peace.”

Want to attend a Widener University OLLI course at Kendal-Crosslands? Give us a call at 610-388-1441, or visit us here to request your free information kit!