Life-Long Learning for Senior Adults
College Courses Open New Avenues for Retirees
By Paula Huffingham-Suhey
Over ten years ago, I was completing the requirements for my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication at the University of North Florida. My minor was music history and one of the classes was Great Age of Vienna. The professor was M. J. Palmer and the class met in the auditorium of the J. Brooks Brown Building. It was a great class.
The first person to get to class (at least he was always there when I got there and I usually arrive everywhere “early”) was a man named Joe Fraden. He was about 80 years of age.
Dr. Palmer would walk into class and Joe would say, “Hello, Professor,” and we would hear, “Hello, Joe.”
Joe was auditing the class.
What a special memory that is for me. Joe’s respect for Dr. Palmer, his interest in classical music and just the fact that he had completed a successful career in the produce business, but was not ready to throw in the towel was so inspirational.
Joe Fraden was practicing the advice that advice Marisol Lance, D.O., a board-certified family practice physician, recently provided when she was asked to share some tips on the aging process. One thing Dr. Lance suggested was to keep learning.
Auditing a class remains an option at the University of North Florida and information is available at “Learning for a Lifetime” on the University website. Read the rest of the story