Social Issues & the Judiciary – OLLI, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Thursdays at the IRP – Institute for Retired Professionals, New York City
Older Adult Learning Opportunities in Australia & New Zealand
Sunday Programs – Cedar Crest, NJ
Planning for the Future – OLLI Program, Alaska
New Lecture Series on South America – OLLI, Michigan
LLI Fitness Classes – LLI, Chesterfield, VA

Presenters for Midwest Conference – Institute for Continued Learning, IL

LLI News
LLI News for April

LLI Celebrations & Congratulations for April

Registrations are now being accepted for the June 3-5, 2007 New England/East Regional LLI Conference in Potsdam, NY. The hosts, the SOAR program at SUNY Potsdam are planning an exciting conference. Visit for all the details and to register.

Conference planners have mailed out Call for Papers brochures for the upcoming conference being sponsored by the Institute for Continued Learning at Roosevelt University in Schaumburg, IL from August 19-21, 2007. Learning, Leadership, Innovation is the conference title and advance planning is well underway. Be sure to get your proposals back to them right away to help ensure the success of this conference. Visit the EIN web site for more information, or the ICL web site at

EIN tries to keep emails to all the programs to a minimum. But we do need to contact you from time to time. So please set your email system to receive our emails. We have been getting bouncebacks at an alarming rate, so at least two dozen of you are not in the loop. You are missing out on important information, etc. If necessary talk with your IT person to make sure that emails can get through from EIN. Your email programs need to be set to receive mail from Needless to say if your email address changes please notify us. Thank you.

If your LLI has more than one location, please send us the contact information for that location too. One of the goals of the Elderhostel Institute Network is to list as many LLIs and ALL their locations as possible. That way the more than 80,000 visitors to the Elderhostel web site can see where to find lifelong learning in their own communities. Even if the contact person, phone number, email and web site addresses are the same for each of your programs, by listing all the locations you will be letting people know about all the lifelong learning opportunities to be found in their neighborhoods.

EIN thanks Virginia Martin, Program Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes in New Hampshire for sending along the information for their two new locations in Concord and Exeter/Seacoast.

EIN was very privileged to be part of the very successful Open House on March 1st for the new Stonewall Communities Lifelong Learning Institute, hosted by Wheelock College in Boston. This program is the first ever LLI to be designed specifically by and for the LGBT community but open to all. They will offer 8-week courses, as well as “Lunch & Learn” events, social networking opportunities and more. LLI members will have access to various facilities and programs at Wheelock College, and if the Open House was any indication, Wheelock College has some fascinating service learning and intergenerational opportunities that they are delighted to have LLI members take part in. Some of the courses offered in this first semester include “Drinking and Eating in Colonial Boston,” “You: the Owner’s Manual – A Guide to the Human Body and How to Keep it Running Smoothly,” “ElderQuest,” and “Genealogy: Finding Your Ancestors from the Mayflower to the Notorious.” Welcome Stonewall Communities Lifelong Learning Institute!

Thanks to several requests EIN has recently received, it’s time to remind everyone that (1) We no longer supply labels of Elderhostel participants to LLIs for purposes of soliciting new members, and (2) EIN no longer publishes an Annual Director of affiliated LLIs. That information can now be found on our web site at under the FIND A LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE link right on the HOME PAGE.

Elderhostel recently completed a major research project that resulted in a publication entitled “Mental Stimulation and Lifelong Learning in the 55+ Population.” This research grew out of our desire to better understand our participants by studying how they are different from other older adults, and thereby to offer guidance to Baby Boomers on how to age with equal success.

The methodology of this research was two-fold (1) focus groups and (2) a qualitative survey of the national 55+ sample population. A series of 15 focus groups were conducted in October 2005 in Waltham, MA, Columbus, OH and Encino, CA to begin to understand the range of activities that older adults believed provided mental stimulation. Focus group comments and responses were analyzed and a list of various activities was included in the follow up survey. The survey was then sent to a national sample of adults, age 55+ and to a sample of Elderhostel participants who had participated in an EH program within the past 12 months.

This research highlighted that there are 4 “lifelong learning” segments in the 55+ population here in the United States:
• Focused Mental Achievers – 13% of the general population
• Contented Recreational Learners – 34% of the general population
• Isolated Homebodies – 18% of the general population
• Pessimists – 11% of the general population with minimal participation in lifelong learning because of poor health or scant resources
Not surprisingly, Elderhostel participants fall overwhelmingly into the Focused Mental Achievers (49%) and Contented Recreational Learners (35%) and are involved in a wide range of activities in addition to educational travel.

While we know that the notion of “use it or lose it” is widely believed by the general public, this research supports a broader and more nuanced restatement of the “use it or lose it” proposition – that a commitment to lifelong learning and a “balanced program of brain exercise” involving activities blending mental stimulation, social engagement, physical activities and creative expression is a promising and ultimately more satisfying path to “successful aging” and possibly to long-term brain health.

To read the full report, click on the link below and you can download the full report with Adobe Acrobat:

“Learn to Leave the Boredom Behind,” was the title of a March 19th article that appeared in the LaCrosse Tribune in LaCrosse Wisconsin. The article talked about the Learning in Retirement program at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. Several members were spotlighted and the article gave excellent details about the program. Congratulations LIR on a great story! To read the entire article go to -

The ILR at Bergen Community College in New Jersey has one professor from the faculty, Dr. Paul Eckstein, who consistently draws a large audience for his courses. Teaching regularly for the last six years at the ILR, more than 100 members at a time study Plato, Socrates and other philosophy courses. These courses along with Three Western Religions, are major attractions at the ILR.

The Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning in Western Massachusetts offered members a very interesting class this spring. The Sports Pages encouraged “sports nuts” to discuss and express their opinions on a variety of different sports. Who will win the Super Bowl? Is March Madness real? Does soccer have a future in the U.S.? How popular are fantasy sports? All these questions and more will be discussed and answered.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning of Cape Cod, Inc. offered members a course entitled Sports Talk. This 12-week course gave members a chance to second guess the moves of the managers and coaches of their favorite teams. Both men’s and women’s sports were discussed in an informal group setting. Active classroom participation was desired. Topics that were discussed included steroid use, cost, memorabilia, trivia, favorite memories, trades, sports new of the day, etc. Members used information from newspapers, magazines, books, TV, radio, etc.

Members of the ILR at Bergen Community College in New Jersey will be studying Baseball in American Culture with such writers as John Updike, Phillip Roth and Roger Angell.

At the PLATO program in Wisconsin, members shared their stories, experience and attitudes toward the national pastime as they looked at Baseball in America.

Yet another course, Baseball and American Dreams is being given at the IRP at Brooklyn College in New York.

Members of the Lifetime Learning Institute at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale celebrated Valentine’s Day by sharing love poems. Members wore red for the holiday, enjoyed light refreshments and read their favorite love poems.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UMASS Boston is now using a second facility, south of Boston to serve members who can’t make it into the City. Cordage Park in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is a University of Massachusetts Boston facility that serves the Division of Corporate, Continuing and Distance Education at the University. OLLI members using this site will be able to interact in real time with those who are taking the same class at the Boston location.

Once again, members of the OLLI program at the University of S. Maine is Portland joined their community in the reading and discussion of one book. This year’s selection was The Road Washes Out in Spring, by Baron Wormser. The author, former Poet Laureate for the State of Maine, agreed to spend the day with the participants. He opened the day-long discussion as keynote speaker, then stayed so participants could spend time with the author. To go along with the theme of the book, which is living “off the grid” with no electricity or running water, there were poetry workshops, a special showing of the DVD Maine Women Living off the Land, and a session on Mindful Living. A full and stimulating day was planned for those who took part in this exciting program.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Cape Cod College in Massachusetts recently held two art shows by members. 30% of all proceeds from the sale of paintings was donated to A.L.L. The first show in January was so successful, a second one was held in March.

The following is taken from the March newsletter of the Lifelong Learning Program at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, and written by Norm Whiteley, president.
In response to some questions and comments I have received recently, I would like to clarify some items about our Lifelong Learning Endowment. The Lifelong Learning Endowment was established to provide a long-term secure and permanent financial underpinning for our Lifelong Learning programs. The funds contributed are intended to be preserved as a permanent investment in the program and only a portion of the income spent to cover current Lifelong Learning expenses. The funds are administered by the Coastal Educational Foundation but are tracked in a separate endowment account established for Lifelong Learning. Of course no one can predict circumstances that may require a change of objectives in the future, but those objectives can only be changed with the approval of appropriate authorities and would only occur in highly unusual circumstances. The Lifelong Learning Board feels that one of the best ways to ensure that our program remains financial viable, while keeping the cost of courses at a manageable level, is to build this endowment over time. We welcome all contributions that anyone may be able to provide as an investment in securing the future of the program. Just make out your check (it's tax deductible) to the Coastal Educational Foundation, mark "Lifelong Learning Endowment" on it, and mail to: Coastal Educational Foundation, Coastal Carolina University, P.O. Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528-9907.

The Jefferson Institute for Lifelong Learning (JILL) at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville will be introducing a new type of class in the fall of 2007. The format will be a six-class group of discussions on various subjects in an environment encouraging active participation for interchange of information and opinions. Rather than a single lecturer on a subject, each of the six meetings of the course will address a different subject. Topics will be those of general interest, such as China, global warming, the growing disparity between rich and poor, alternative energy sources, and homeland security. Another possibility for interesting interchanges is the reading and critiquing of current Op-Ed articles. They anticipate a small class of 15-18 persons in order to create a conference environment. One discussion group will be introduced this fall, with possibly more in the future.

The spring membership meeting of the Adult Learning Program (ALP) at the University of Connecticut in Hartford, which was held in February, featured a presentation entitled The Connecticut Science Center: The Future of Science in the United States. Led by Theodore S. Sergi, President and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center, he discussed the question of why, in Connecticut and in the United States, young people are not choosing math, science, engineering and related fields as their major areas of study. In China, Japan, Korea, Germany and many other parts of the world, the proportions of young people choosing these areas of study is three to four times greater than in the United States.

The Center for Learning in Retirement (CLR) at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois held two classes at the Keen Age Center in Belvidere last fall. The first class was Spoon River: A Journey. This class revolved around Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. The second class was Angels Galore. Participants created several angels for a variety of uses – as ornaments, package tie-ons, a pin, or as an addition to a collection.
Both events were well received by the participants and they hope to repeat additional classes there this coming fall.

Thanks to the Lifelong Learning Institute, Inc. at Edison College in Punta Gorda, Florida for the following book selections, taken from their spring 2007 catalog.
The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester. This is the intriguing story of the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary. Who is the madman, and why did the professor need him? Why are we ever in his debt?
Expecting Adam, by Martha Bach. What happens when a young woman in academia (Harvard) becomes pregnant and decides to bring a handicapped child into the world. The reactions of her “enlightened” colleagues are surprising.
The Other Boleyn Girl, by Phillipa Gregory. Before Anne Boleyn, there was Mary, her younger sister, who bore Henry VIII two children, including a son. Mary and her children survived, but Anne did not. Elizabeth, daughter of Anne became queen and her half siblings, who were also her first cousins were trusted members of her court. This is a story of intrigue you won’t want to miss.
The March, by E.I. Doctorow. What happened to people in Georgia and South Carolina as Sherman marched to the sea and beyond?
Sharon and My Mother-In-Law, by Suad Amiry. Sharon is Prime Minister of Israel. The mother-in-law is the writer’s worst nightmare. What is the connection?


Here are some resources from the March 2007 issue of “U3A Signposts.”
Current affairs & Conservation/Sci-Techs: gives a review and purchasing details on 'An inconvenient Truth'. SHAKSPER, is an international electronic conference for Shakespearean researchers, instructors, students, and those who share their academic interests and concerns.

UTOPIA - - provides access to The University of Texas at Austin's vast reservoir of knowledge and cultural assets. It is available to anyone, anywhere, at absolutely no cost.

A search engine with a difference -
In addition gives a description/review

That’s all for this month.
Nancy Merz Nordstrom, M.Ed., Elderhostel Institute Network - 617-457-5564

“In age the passions cool and leave a man at rest, and then forthwith his mind takes a contemplative tone; the intellect is set free and attains the upper hand.” …Arthur Schopenhauer




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