It's Never Too Late to Learn Educational Programs Open Doors for Seniors Close to Home

By Ryan, Joseph | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), March 24, 2004 | Go to article overview

It's Never Too Late to Learn Educational Programs Open Doors for Seniors Close to Home


Ryan, Joseph, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Joseph Ryan Daily Herald Staff Writer

They don't need the education. They want it.

The growing retiree population in the Northwest suburbs has been realizing they now have time to take up the classes and hobbies that for years sat on the backburner.

The boon in the need has spurned a growth in local lifelong education initiatives during the past several years.

Now, The Garlands of Barrington is next. The upscale retirement community, Harper College and Alexian Brothers Hospital Network have teamed up to offer the public a litany of courses in Barrington.

"This is a community that is hungry to learn," said Joyce Palmquist, executive director of the Barrington Area Council on Aging, which helped spearhead the new programming. "They ask questions and are always challenging themselves."

The classes will be the first to use The Garlands new Lifelong Learning Center wing at the expansive complex off Northwest Highway near the Barrington Area Library.

The new course offerings kick off April 3 with dinner and a performance by acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton.

The spring course listings include art lectures and a viewing, a program for potential inventors and a series on the 1700s period instrument Nyckelharpa.

Other courses are planned for the summer, and Harper also has off-site classes at Friendship Village in Schaumburg and Savior Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights. At the college's Mount Prospect site, courses on history, current events and music appreciation are offered to those more than 55 years old.

"By the time you get to retirement you haven't had a lot of opportunity to focus on things other than your career," said Doug Grier, a continuing education program coordinator at Harper. …

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