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Lifelong learning gaining importance Memphis offers range of opportunities

Jul 8, 2013, 9:27 a.m.
Ken Houk demonstrates woodworking during Memphis College of Art community education class

Lifelong learning, the unending quest for knowledge, is gaining greater importance as the American population ages.

People pursue lifelong learning for reasons personal or professional. Many people get pleasure from learning and gaining new knowledge. Others want to keep learning for new careers or job advancements.

Aside from the personal and career-oriented aspects of learning, research suggests that people with active and challenged minds might be able to lower their risk of memory problems as they age.

Lifelong learning also presents opportunities for older adults to have social contacts with people who have similar interests.

In Memphis, colleges and universities offer many opportunities for lifelong learning, from degree programs to continuing education. An array of courses, including history, religion, philosophy and arts and sciences, is available. So are courses such as motorcycle safety and computers.

Other than universities and colleges, facilities such as the senior centers in Memphis offer courses in various subjects. Some of the subjects that have been offered are computers, photography, framing, writing and dance classes.

Call a center nearby to see what is being offered.

The Memphis Public Library and Information Center is dedicated “to satisfying the customer’s need to know” and offers many learning programs, services and resources. They include special interest clubs emphasizing subjects such as photography and computers.

The library, which has 18 locations in the Memphis area, has a small business center and a referral service (415-2700) among the varied learning opportunities offered.

Visit www.memphislibrary.org.

Larry Turner, community outreach specialist for the Aging Commission of the Mid-South, said, “Volunteering is a way of increasing lifelong learning, and sometimes leads to being hired.”

The commission, which offers programs designed to make a difference in the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities, is looking for volunteers for the SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program). Volunteers accepted for the program will receive 30 hours of training.

SHIP offers information and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and depends on volunteers to help meet the needs of those with questions about their Medicare.

For more information call 222-4111 or visit www.agingcommission.org.

Colleges and universities here include:

Christian Brothers University

Christian Brothers University, founded in 1871, is one of six Lasallian universities across the country run by the Roman Catholic order, the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

The CBU Adult Professional Studies program has year-round evening classes offering undergraduate degrees in applied psychology, business, and teacher education. Applied psychology concentrations include criminal justice, organizational psychology and consumer behavior. Teacher education degrees are available in early childhood and special education.

Graduate programs are offered in business, teacher education, physician assistant studies, engineering management and Catholic studies. Most classes meet once a week and may be offered online. Each program provides the same personalized attention, quality of faculty and convenience of schedules that CBU students expect and enjoy.

For more information visit www.cbu.edu.

The Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning at 
Rhodes College

Rhodes College began offering adult education classes in 1944. In 1970, the program was christened the Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning in honor of Edward J. Meeman, who was the editor of the old Memphis Press-Scimitar.The director is of the Center is John Rone.

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