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Spreading a little culture

Elderhostel’s Road Scholar comes to Seabrook

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May 22nd, 2012
Cedar Crest an Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J., and Seabrook s sister community is the only continuing care retirement community nationwide to offer Road Scholar continuing education courses by Elderhostel, Inc. The organization traditionally partners with colleges and universities and runs more than 450 programs throughout the country. Earlier this year, to the delight of Seabrook residents, Cedar Crest brought Road Scholar to the Tinton Falls community. Marge Wyngaarden, who started the program at Cedar Crest more than six years ago, visited Seabrook to introduce it there. She and her neighbors Dick Nash, Ann Florio, and Edward Thom lectured on various topics for about an hour each. I think the residents enjoyed having presentations from fellow residents. Some were quite impressed with the presentations overall, says Community Resources Coordinator Angie Crippen. It was an educational event that is still being discussed by residents at Seabrook, and they would like to see more of these types of presentations. Crippen says most people signed up for all the classes and simply went from one to the other. Topics included 1893 Columbian Exposition, Birdseye View of the Universe, and History of the Arab World. Class size varied from 70 to 127 people. It was a most satisfying experience, Edward writes in Cedar Crest s monthly newsletterMountain Matters. Road Scholar most notably offers learning excursions for older adults to various destinations around the world. For more information about Road Scholar Adventures in Lifelong Learning, visit