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Lifelong Learning Through

KENDAL COLLEGE

Even as you age, new brain cell growth can still occur,
especially when you engage in stimulating learning
activities. That's why it's no surprise that lifelong
learning s so important to older adults. Of course,
the residents at Kendal at Lexington are no exception
- and luckily, the nearby academic communities of
Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute provide easy access to expertise.
Partnering with the many professors from the area
helps make the Kendal College program successful.
Originally launched in the spring of 2003, Kendal
College is a resident-driven program that organizes
courses on a variety of topics. "We usually have them
every couple of months," says Sally Emory, the chairperson of the program since 2011. "Most of the speakers are current or former professors."

UNIQUE AND INTERESTING TOPICS
Some past topics include: "The Iliad and the Odyssey," "Soviet Russia from 1991-present," "Renaissance
Art in Italy" and "Living in Rockbridge County: Past,
Present and Future." As evident by this mix, the program aims to find topics that would interest a wide
range of residents.
At Kendal, people are really interested in learning
new things. Even when the topics are overly specialized, the residents have still shown interest. "It's just
hard to imagine people not being interested in lifelong
learning," says Emory. "Somebody gave us a program
on the Quantum Theory and he was probably the only
one who actually understood it, but we try to listen as
intelligently as we can."
NO TESTS!
In fact, she thinks many of the professors like coming to teach the residents because they often have a
unique perspective on the topics at hand. "For their
students, it actually is history, but for us, some of
it was our life. It brings something to the conversation," she explains. Plus, there's the added benefit of
not having to do any grading: "[The speakers] enjoy
doing it because they don't have to give us tests or see
if we did the homework"

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