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Fostering Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Active Older Adults

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When it comes to learning, age should never be a barrier. Recognizing the value of continuous education and the diverse experiences that mature learners bring to the table, Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) have forged an important collaboration that provides active older adults with opportunities to continue learning in a university setting.

OLLI partners with all eight colleges at CSUF: the College of the Arts, College of Business and Economics, College of Communications, College of Education, College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Health and Human Development, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, as well as Extension and International Programs.

Through these college partnerships, OLLI members are able to participate in various intellectual, physical, and social activities that enrich their knowledge, spark lasting friendships, and foster an appreciation of lifelong education.

OLLI at CSUF also has a collaboration program in which OLLI members can volunteer to be matched with students for academic opportunities. This could include consulting, lecturing, mentoring, tutoring, sharing life experiences, sharing life/career experiences, or serving as test subjects for research projects. The OLLI volunteer benefits because collaborating and volunteering are shown to have a positive impact on health and well-being. The student also benefits because they are preparing for a successful career by broadening their educational experience.

There are many more opportunities and programs to explore within Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, whether you are an active older adult, student, faculty, or staff member. Learn more about OLLI at CSUF by clicking here.

Charis Hill