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Rosie the Riveter

What is so fascinating and fun about Rose the Riveter? Her nails were painted bright red, and her hair was tucked underneath a colorful scarf. Her image became an iconic representation of women in the workforce. Did you think Rosie had any secrets to her success? You...

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The Three Gifts of Learning

During class, we laughed along with Lucy and Ethel, sang along with Elvis, and recalled the drive-in movie theaters and snack shops where those pesky teenagers gathered with their friends. We recently led a lifelong learning course about the 1950s for a...

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The Power of Short Stories

Comfort and Familiarity, Who Knew? We certainly had no idea when we began introducing short stories into our Lifelong Learning program of the power contained within ten short pages. Is it the pleasant and often theatrical sound of the reader’s voice or the sense of...

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Connecting the Old with the New

Think about this: what would happen if persons living with dementia were offered an age-appropriate program that enables them to associate their past lives with the present? We know that many older adults have led wonderful and full lives. Blending Lifelong Learning...

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Lifelong Learning = Positive Experiences

“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.” John Adams, President of the United States. While I would never describe an “old mind” as an “old horse,” I think we all understand what President Adams had in mind when...

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Lillian’s Legacy Project

Imagine a woman, Lillian, with short white hair sitting at a table with a paintbrush in her hand working on completing a painting. She sometimes needs to be gently reminded of what to do next, and she might even need some physical cues, but she’s smiling. Lillian is...

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Interview with Sherri Friend

What? No Bingo? Interview with Sherri Friend, President, and CEO at Oakwood Creative Care Q: Describe Oakwood Creative Care Day Clubs, tell us who you serve. A: We offer Day Clubs specializing in treatment beyond the traditional care model. Our innovative...

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Lifelong Learning for the Memory Café

How does a lifelong learning program fit in a Memory Care setting? Whether it is Dementia Friendly Tempe, a Senior Day Center, or a senior adult living community for memory care, organizations across the US are using lifelong learning classes to generate enthusiasm...

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