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Fri, Dec. 06

OLLI factors in retirement, relocation

Retiring and relocating are major milestones in life. The majority of OLLI members have moved to the Prescott area from all across the country. These folks have backgrounds and interests that are amazingly diverse. It is this diversity that makes for such wonderful OLLI classes where everyone can share ideas and interact in a non-competitive classroom environment. There are no tests, no grades, just stimulation for those aging brain cells. It is truly an opportunity to learn and share ideas with your peers.

In addition to attending classes, OLLI provides social activities in the form of pot luck dinners, catered affairs and kick off gatherings when the new school year begins in September. These provide the ideal way to meet and mingle, hopefully establishing new friendships.

For anyone relocating, or even long time residents, this is the place to meet people and make new friends in the community. There are no age restrictions, nor geographical limitations. Many members live in Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Mayer and Dewey, as well as in Prescott. There are "snow birds" that spend their winters in other parts of the state, but come to this area for the summer months. An important part of their weekly activities is taking OLLI classes and seeing old friends.

On a personal note, I relocated to this area from the east coast six years ago, not knowing a soul in town. I was aware of OLLI as it had its beginnings in Maine and I hoped to find a branch in Prescott. It didn't take long, as Yavapai College was one of my first stops and sure enough, there was the door that opened to so many opportunities. Not only has it provided a learning tool, but chances for travel, socializing and now facilitating classes as well as being a student participant. So many newcomers, as well as longer residents have found a home at OLLI.

Spring 2 sessions will end about May 11. Summer sessions begin in early June. There will be further information about classes given during the summer in a later article. Anyone wishing to receive the new summer catalogue may call the office at 717-7634. OLLI will be happy to put you on the mailing list.

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) is a peer directed membership organization at Yavapai College's Prescott campus and NAU's Prescott Valley building, next to the library. OLLI offers over 200 peer facilitated classes during five, 6 - week sessions a year. For more information or to get on the mailing list please call 717-7634.

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