Lifelong Learning: The Intentional Pursuit of Knowledge


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For many of us, the term "lifelong learning" evokes images of learning environments like college campuses and libraries, or of hobbies—whether social or solitary—and other happy endeavors.

Selected Lifelong Learning Resources

Burien Programs for 50+

Greenwood Senior Center

King County Public Library/More to Explore 50+

Lifetime Learning Center

Lifelong Recreation (Seattle)

Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Coffee Hours

Northshore Senior Center

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute-UW

Redmond Senior Center

Road Scholar (Elderhostel)

Seattle Public Library

Senior Center of West Seattle

Seniors Training Seniors (computer classes)

Southeast Seattle Senior Center

According to Wikipedia, "Lifelong learning ... recognises that learning is not confined to childhood or the classroom, but takes place throughout life and in a range of situations. Learning can no longer be divided into a place and time to acquire knowledge (school) and a place and time to apply the knowledge acquired (the workplace). Instead, learning can be seen as something that takes place on an on-going basis from our daily interactions with others and with the world around us."

It's not that we stop learning. Most of us take in thousands of pieces of information each and every day. Rather, we're looking at the intentional pursuit of knowledge, and the benefits associated with that pursuit.

This month's AgeWise King County takes a local look at opportunities for learning later in life:

Also in this issue, you'll find information about unique learning opportunities, including nutrition, benefits, special events, and valuable links. Please take time to open and read each of the articles listed above as well as those listed in the column to the right. I think you’ll be amazed at what you learn!

Lifelong learning helps you get moving, stay connected, and make a difference!

—Diane Snell, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging and Disability Services