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Educational Opportunities for Seniors

See also: CLP Language Classes, CLP People's University, CLP Book Discussions, CLP Computer Classes.

Pittsburgh Region

  • Carnegie Mellon University: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
    The Osher Institute (formerly the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Carnegie Mellon University) is a non-credit program for any adult in the Pittsburgh area. Size of membership is limited. New applicants are put on a waiting list.
  • CCAC: Community College of Allegheny County Community Education
    CCAC offers courses for seniors in their noncredit offerings. Senior citizens can benefit from classes—such as golf, computers and fitness—geared specifically toward older adults.
  • City of Pittsburgh: Healthy Active Living
    Healthy Active Living is committed to ensuring that all persons 60 and older live active and healthy lives. To achieve this goal, Citiparks Community Services operates 15 senior community centers focused on improving the physical, intellectual, social, cultural and financial interests of older residents.
  • University of Pittsburgh Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
    Experience the joy of learning with noncredit courses designed for individuals who are retired or semi-retired, age 55 or over. Members of the OLLI may choose from an array of noncredit courses taught by distinguished Pitt emeriti faculty and scholars, audit an undergraduate course, and participate in many special programs.

United States

  • Coursera
    Take free courses online from respected universities, including the University of Pittsburgh, Caltech, Brown, Princeton, Ohio State, UC Berkeley and 27 more.
    This Annenberg media site offers online course materials for the high school, college and adult learner in many different subject areas. Look for the VOD (Video on Demand) icon for streaming videos.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare
    Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required.
  • OpenLearn
    OpenLearn from the UK is the home of free learning from The Open University and gives you free access to their learning materials but it does not award credits or grant degrees. OpenLearn's vision is free online education, open to anyone, anywhere in the world.
  • Shaw Guides Online
    These are the online versions of the print guides (The Guide to Cooking Schools, The Guide to Photography Schools), as well as guides to lifelong learning and recreational schools and programs.
  • Road Scholar
    Formerly Elderhostel. A not-for-profit organization providing high-quality educational adventures for adults 55 and older. You can search by state for adventures in Pennsylvania.
  • Free Education is a free and open collection of college level courses.

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Selected Books

Interested in technology? Browse the library catalog under the subject Internet And Older People.

Social Media for Seniors: Personal and Business Communication through Social Networking
HM742.S62835 2012x
Using approachable step-by-step instructions and featuring screenshots throughout for easy reference, this book focuses on the basics of social media like Twitter and Facebook, including creating accounts across the different platforms, adding personal information and photographs, building friend groups, privacy settings, and tips for business use.
Strauch, Barbara
The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind
RC451.4.M54 S77 2010
New York Times health editor Strauch (The Primal Teen) examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle age. For many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression. But new research from neuroscien­tists and psychologists suggests that, in fact, the brain reorganizes, improves in important functions, and even helps us adopt a more optimistic outlook in middle age.

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DVDs and Compact Discs

Great Courses on DVD
With these university lecture course on DVD you can study in the comfort of your own home. You can "attend" courses on history, music, literature, science and technology, math, religion and more.
Great Courses on Compact Disc
If you would rather just listen to lectures, perhaps while you are on a long drive, there are plenty of lectures on CD.