Life-long Learning (L3) is a program for older adults motivated by the fact that 20% of the US population will be over age 65 in 2030. The L3 program provides intellectual and social stimulation through a series of interactive lectures, typically six per half-year cycle, culminating in a field trip to the Adler Planetarium. The program participants are adults over age 55, an often-underserved population, especially in the poor and minority communities nearby UChicago that we target. KICP scientist presenters benefit from individualized coaching, training by gerontologist Karen Kolb-Flude, and critiques of their presentations.
The L3 program builds upon a pilot program designed and carried out by former Associate Fellow Daniel Grin. To ensure that L3 reaches its target audiences, we have developed partnerships with the Chicago Area Agency on Aging, Chicago Public Libraries, senior centers, and local retirement communities. The variety of viewpoints and perspectives of these audiences, often strongly expressed, also benefits the participating KICP and University scientists by broadening their world view and improving their communication skills.