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Old Age in Historical Perspective: Coming Up At The Yates County History Center

During March, Common Sense for Seniors staff will be facilitating a reading and discussion group at the Yates County (NY) History Center, sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. We’ll meet each Wednesday at noon, and the topic will be “Old Age in Historical Perspective.” Here’s the syllabus.

Well be looking at how aging has been perceived over the years — from ancient times through the current day. We’ll also examine the sources of contemporary “age anxiety.” We’ll focus on two books, A History of Old Age, by Pat Thane and In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age, by Patricia Cohen. These can be borrowed from the History Center. There is no charge for participating in the discussion group.

Space is limited. If you’d like to sign up, please call the History Center at 315 536-7318.

OLLI — Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes

Two attractive communities for retirement we’ve looked at, Reston and Hilton Head, have Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, where seniors can take courses (no exams) in all sorts of subject areas.

Turns out that the Bernard Osher Foundation has made grants to set up senior learning programs with 119 colleges and universities around the country. In many cases, the colleges and universities offer courses both on campus and nearby in places where seniors are living.

Here’s the list of programs.¬† An OLLI in the neighborhood might be something common-sense seniors want to take into account¬† when deciding on a place to live.