Learning in retirement

Want to know the secret to a happy life?

According to lifelong learning guru Nancy Merz Nordstrom, keeping the brain active and maintaining strong social relationships are vital ingredients in the happy lives of the “after-50s” crowd.

“When you look at the benefits gained from keeping your mind sharp, it’s incredible,” says Merz Nordstrom. “Lifelong learning is like a health club for the brain. An active mind can stimulate physical activity and keep your spirits high. It’s an all-around fantastic tool for better health.”

That’s exactly what the Society for Learning in Retirement (SLR) is all about.

For more than 25 years, SLR has delivered stimulating, thought provoking and fun ongoing education classes to more than 500 seniors and early retirees throughout the Okanagan.

It doesn’t matter what you’re interested in, or what you’d like to know, SLR has a class for you. With subjects ranging from ancient artifacts to Zen Buddhism, classes are divided into three semesters—fall, winter and spring. All are offered in the daytime in a peer learning environment where members share their knowledge, interests and experiences in an atmosphere of friendship, fun and support. And it’s your choice. Attend a class and learn from other members or take the lead and deliver a topic of your own.

Whether in class at the Martin Centre in Kelowna, or online via Zoom, SLR classes are open to all, with no prerequisites, no homework and no exams. Just a warm, welcoming atmosphere to meet new friends and share interests that keep the brain cells buzzing.

A low annual membership fee and modest course fees make SLR programs affordable, while state-of-the-art audiovisual systems and hearing assistance enhance the learning experience.

To find out more about SLR classes that will excite your curiosity, contact the Society for Learning in Retirement at the Martin Avenue Community Centre, 1434 Graham Street, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 3A8, call 250-448-1203, email [email protected] or go to the website at www.slrkelowna.ca

Val Hardy, SLR program director

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