"The Academy" for Senior Citizens

If you are age 50 or older or know someone who is, you may want to listen up. There is a program at Florida State University that is geared for older folks looking to learn for fun.

I guess it's true that things do get better with age. For example, this program at FSU that offers college courses to older adults has been rising in popularity over the years.

Terry Talbert, program coordinator, says, “We are growing by leaps and bounds. In 2002 we had 113 people, now we have 189.”

Monday's class kicks off the spring semester of "The Academy" where people age 50 and older can learn about everything from the history of the planet Earth to Shakespeare.

Penny Davis, a student, says, “I would have told you I hated Shakespeare. Now, I can't wait to go to a Shakespeare play.”

Members of The Academy say you're never too old to learn new tricks.

Herb Rogero says, “You need to be stimulated. It's important to keep your mind active.”

And for FSU professors, teaching a captivated audience is an educational experience in itself.

Bill Parker, a professor, says, “It's encouraging. They understand your jokes, they're most likely not falling asleep from a keg party the night before. They want to be here, no one's requiring them to be.”

And get this; there is no homework, exams or attendance taken. If you would like to learn more about this program, call The Academy at (850) 644-7947.


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