The recent letter to the editor criticizing the University of South Carolina Beaufort's lifelong learning program is unfortunately, inaccurate and regrettably misses the main point.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USCB has its roots on Hilton Head dating back to the early 1990s. About eight years ago, some folks decided that they wanted a similar program separate from the university and broke off to create Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head.
But the university's 22-year-old program continued and thrived. Now approaching nearly 2,000 members, OLLI at USCB has grown into one of the largest lifelong learning programs in the national network of the Bernard Osher Foundation.
Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head deserves commendation for offering some of its classes at retirement homes. At the same time, members of the USCB's OLLI program like the fact that it provides access to the only lifelong learning program in the area that is university affiliated, that it offers more than 400 classes yearly, and that the classes are held in a learning environment with state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities.
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Rather than criticizing these groups, we should welcome any initiative that expands access to lifelong learning for adults in this area. A number of scientific studies have confirmed that keeping the mind active and engaged prolongs longevity.
Editor's Note: Campbell is the immediate past director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USCB.