OLLI Around the Nation – UMass Promo Video

One of our sister OLLIs at the University of Massachusetts has created this great promotional video detailing their program and some of the course offerings. They utilize retired University of Massachusetts professors an offer a wide variety of courses ranging from current events to nature and the environment. They even teleserve some of their courses to branch locations for easy access.

Do you think our OLLI should have an introductory video? Please comment below.


Senior Moment – Veterans Upward Bound

In this edition of the award-winning Senior Moment show, Deborah Pfingston talks about Yavapai College’s Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program. Deborah is the program specialist for VUB and helps fulfill the mission of providing educational resources to veterans so they can succeed and get their degree. VUB is a TRIO program that provides college prep and/or GED modules at no cost to qualified veterans helping them to transition to the next level.

To learn more about the Veterans Upward Bound program, you can visit their website http://www.yc.edu/content/vub/default.htm. Senior Moment is sponsored by the Division of Lifelong Learning at Yavapai College and produced by the lovely Jodie Buehler.

What do you think about this Senior Moment episode? Do you have any suggestions on topics of interest for the future?

The iPad and Seniors

Maybe you’ve already heard about the new iPad that Apple is currently selling and maybe you haven’t, but it is a great new tool you might want to try out. It’s basically a tablet-sized computer, with a nice 9.7 inch LCD screen for awesome viewing. You can use the iPad to browse the web, watch videos, read books, look at pictures, and much more. A lot of what was included on the iPhone can be found in the iPad, and there are even great accessibility features built right in out of the box.

The iPad contains:

  • a built-in screen reader that supports closed-caption playback
  • a gesture-based screen reader that reads a description of whatever your finger is touching at the moment
  • mono audio conversion for those who have trouble hearing out of one ear
  • zoom in on anything on the screen up to five times it’s normal size
  • high contrast screen that allows you to view anything in white on black mode

But don’t take my word for it, let Virginia, a 100 year-old woman from Oregon, show you how it’s done.

If you would like to learn more about the iPad you can go to Apple’s website at:


Senior Moment: February 2008

Dennis Garvey, Dean of the Division of Lifelong Learning at Yavapai College, and Gary Stokes, on the Advisory Board of the Division of Lifelong Learning, talk about the Retiree Connection, which is a program dedicated to connecting retirement-aged people with volunteer opportunities in their community.

Senior Moment is a monthly television program that discusses current issues related to the retirement-aged population in Yavapai County, and it is sponsored by the Division of Lifelong Learning at Yavapai College.

Introductory Video from University of Arkansas OLLI

Here’s an introductory video from the OLLI at UofA that is very well put together. It might make sense for us to put together a similar video. What do you think?

“The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, OLLI, at the University of Arkansas is a program designed to provide educational programs to people 50 and over just for the joy of learning. The program was established in 2007 and made possible by a grant from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The primary purpose is to provide educational experiences, peer led learning environments, and a social network to people 50 and over. Visit olli.uark.edu for more information. ”