Senior Citizens

Walking the Bible

Posted on April 5, 2009. Filed under: Older People Education, Senior Citizens, Senior Education | Tags: , |

I was browsing through the library the other day mildly frustrated because there were no books which caught my fancy. Then as I was about to leave, I noticed the book Walking the Bible: a Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler.
Its title intrigued me. I further examined it and discovered that the author was writing about his experiences in recapturing the meaning of the the first five books of the Bible by walking and exploring the sites which are central to the Bible. I just started to read and so far it has intrigued me. I trust I can get through its 400 some pages. –Al Ross

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Posted on March 20, 2009. Filed under: Older People Education, Senior Citizens | Tags: , , , , |

Have, for the past two years, been getting the Wall Street Journal. How could a lifelong Democrat, believing that all the problems of the nation could be solved by our government, turn to this newspaper, especially a Rupert Murdoch newspaper, which espouses views contrary to mine ? I have to confess that I traded a subscription to the Journal for mileage I had accumulated over the years with United Airlines. Heh, who can resist a freebee?
What I discovered over the time that I was reading the Journal, was that I detected a subtle change in my political view. I didn’t turn into a werewolf or grow horns yet, but i found myself muttering about the doings of those damn Democrats in Congress, the greedy needs of the unions, fear that we would be overwhelmed by immigrants, both legal and illegal, etc, etc, etc. I have to resist the desire to listen to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter & others like that.

So watch out all you who reach for the Wall Street Journal. Beware, you may find yourself thinking what was so bad about Bush.

If I ever get that far afield, I’ll refuse to have this damn paper in my house.


–Al Ross

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Posted on March 17, 2009. Filed under: Learning in Retirement, Older People Education, Retirement Learning, Senior Citizens, Senior Education, Senior Learning | Tags: , , , , , |

Like other SAGE members I know what a good diet is and often bring cookies with bran in them, but it is beginning to take some courage for me to join in discussions when a word, a name, or a number I want to use but has disappeared.

When I lament this to others some will say it’s normal aging and tell me to read Gary Small’s book, The Memory Bible.
I did. It made me feel dumb.
But now I bravely do colorful, interesting memory games on  and happily follow it with

“Lumosity”, yes that’s how it’s spelled, is created by Stanford scientists and it can drive me crazy, but my scores are getting higher with speed, cognition and recognition so I will  persist.

Free rice is wonderful, letting a player go back and try again in geography, great paintings, 4 languages, arithmetic, algebra and world capitols.

Now look and tell me if I got it all right? –Bette Simons

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Posted on March 17, 2009. Filed under: Learning and Retirement, Learning in Retirement, Older People Education, Retirement Learning, SAGE Activities, SAGE Classes, Senior Citizens, Senior Education, Senior Learning, Senior Organizations, Senior Study Discussion Groups |

For over 20 years the SAGE Society has stressed the fact that people are never too old to learn. Members in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s are quite mentally alert and have stretched their minds by participating in study groups exploring all facets of literature, science, history, politics, culture, music, art, religion, and current events.
With this SAGE Society Blog we are embarking on a new learning adventure involving a new form of communication. In other words, we oldsters want to keep up with what’s new.  We don’t want to be left behind. Almost all of our 150 members are on the internet and have email addresses.

When SAGE took its initial formative steps to become a learning-in-retirement organization in 1987, there were no blogs. That didn’t happen until the 1990’s. Now we want to be part of the action by sharing our wealth of experience and information with each other and the world.

One form of communication we currently possess is our organization’s website at that gives a comprehensive picture of SAGE and its activities.
The website features a pdf version of SAGE Observations, our quarterly publication printed and distributed to all the members and other learning-in-retirement  organizations.

In the coming weeks, months, and years we hope to fill our blog with
•    Comments by members about their experiences at SAGE
•    Reflections and views about any current issue
•    Reviews of books, movies, plays, and other events they would like to share with fellow members and the world
•    Pictures of SAGE members and their activities

We’re never too old to learn!

–Reuben Allen

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