Never too late to learn

by DELIA CELLINI LINECKER, Investors Business Daily

You’re never too old to learn, as the saying goes. At 87, Michelangelo said, “I’m still learning.” For 102-year-old Thousand Oaks, Calif., resident Gerri Cowardin, learning has been a lifelong endeavor. A retired O.R. nurse, she has attended classes offered by California State University Channel Islands’ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Camarillo, Calif., along with her 74-year-old daughter, Geri Gretan.

Last semester, Cowardin took a bus from her residence to the OLLI campus in Thousand Oaks to attend music classes; she enjoys opera. Gretan, who was also a nurse, enrolled in science classes about stem cell research and DNA.

“There is no homework, no grades, just learning for the sake of learning,” Gretan told IBD.

Gretan says her mother, who trained to be a teacher before changing career paths, has always been an avid learner. “She loves to read and still does crossword puzzles,” she said.

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