Life long learning takes a meaning as our population ages with the changing demographics of the Boomer generation. Life long learning has traditionally meant choosing activities to fill leisure time left open by retirement and it still does. Opportunities for leisure and exercise, volunteering and a myriad of workshops abound in Lebanon County. Check the Merchandiser, our Lebanon County Libraries, the YMCA of Lebanon, churches, Senior centers and online resources for these programs.
Now there are other major sources and reasons for learning in mid and later life. Many individuals may find themselves unemployed – perhaps for the first time in their lives. They may discover that they need to retrain or gain computer skills. Resources for this type of learning and training abound in Lebanon at HACC, the Career and Technology Center, Lebanon Valley College, the Career Link, Lebanon County Libraries, and IU 13 to name a few. Check the AWI flyers here and on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/agewavelebanoncounty/).
“It is never too late to do what you might have done” is a saying that can be true for many aging individuals. Two area colleges offer audit only, very low cost college classes or full credit enrollment. To get a class in psychology or geology is possible if you are 62 (LVC) or 65 (HACC). More advanced classes in a variety of fields are available – often online – if an individual wants to start on an “Encore” career.
No matter what the need or desire – Lebanon County has the resources – the individual needs only the motivation to get out and enhance his or her daily life or work life.
Barbara Grandia, Chairperson, Lifelong Learning Committee