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Seniors teaching seniors is innovative, enhances L.I.F.E

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Posted on August 22, 2003:

Senator Dyson Mature adults, or senior citizens, who want to learn about Miocene Fossils of Southern Maryland, cooking Indian cuisine, gardening, photography or just about anything else can do just that if they enroll in one of the most innovative programs I have reviewed in a long time.

The L.I.F.E. program, an acronym for Learning is ForEver, is an invaluable program for all senior citizens who live in Southern Maryland. I should note that while seniors are the main focus of L.I.F.E., the classes are available for all adults.

Basically, the program, offered by the St. Mary’s County Office on Aging, but also open to seniors in Calvert and Charles counties, is experienced seniors teaching seniors about a wide range of interesting subjects.

This is a proactive program that recognizes that senior citizens are still a strong viable part of our community no matter what age. We’re never too old to learn something new.

Studies indicate that keeping the brain active through constant learning stems off the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It also reduces boredom and depression which often afflict idle seniors.

The program, available this fall, includes many of the programs I listed above. It also includes 12 introductory computer courses.

The internet has turned out to be a godsend for senior citizens. Many come up to me on a weekly basis extolling the virtues of the internet and e-mail. By using e-mail, seniors can keep up with the daily activities of their younger family members less inclined to use the post office, but more than eager to jump on their computer and return or send an e-mail.

The L.I.F.E. program’s computer training courses will help reluctant, but curious seniors who want to learn how to use the basics of the computer, such as accessing an internet site or using e-mail, much easier.

In addition to the computer classes, there are a wide variety of subjects taught by professionals at a small cost that will be exciting for any senior.

If you’re interested in learning to cook a different kind of cuisine, to better your gardening techniques or taking better photographs, L.I.F.E. is for you. There are also classes that teach natural medicine, making successful online investments and even becoming politically active.

Sponsors of the L.I.F.E program include the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (#969), St. Mary’s County Memorial Library, the St. Mary’s County Historical Society and the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.

The classes are held at various areas in St. Mary’s and Calvert County including the Calvert Marine Museum, the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center and the Garvey and Loffler Senior centers.

For information about the L.I.F.E. program, call (301) 737-5674. Each session is only $5 and the classes are well worth the price of admission.

So call right now and get a L.I.F.E.

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