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Seniors Enriched Living puts pizzazz in life
Retirees expand horizons

by Hatcher Hurd

September 18, 2012

SEL Director Richard Higgins and Vice President Tom Nash go over the semester’s courses for fall.HATCHER HURD/Staff.
ROSWELL, Ga. Seniors Enriched Living (SEL) has been entertaining and instructing older adults for 22 years, and they keep coming back for more.

Tom Nash and Richard Higgins run the show. They keep coming back for more and keep everybody on an even keel. Roswell-Alpharetta SEL is a nonprofit interfaith community organization created so that older adults can lead productive, creative and independent lives.

"We opened the first quarter in February 1990, and we've only missed two summers since," said Nash. "One was during the Atlanta Olympics, and the other was this year. We took a break."

This fall, they will offer two sessions, one on Tuesdays for adult education and one on Thursdays for the Lunch 'n' Learn series.

Classes are taught by well-qualified instructors. For instance, Shakespeare's Problem Plays is one course taught by Michele Friedman, a former assistant professor of literature and rhetoric at Hofstra University. Or there is Jane Herndon, a PhD. professor lately of Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia State University with a course called From Teddy Roosevelt to Harry Truman.

Not all courses are history and literature. Others cover current events, personal finances, learning bridge or watercolor painting.

You get to choose.

"We have an excellent caliber of instructors. We have so many it gets hard to find a place for them all," said Nash. "I think it is because they have such willing students. The teachers are captivated by students who really want to learn something. There are no books and no tests either."

One of SEL's goals is to assist seniors to experience a more meaningful and fulfilling life, said Nash. SEL does this by providing stimulating educational programs and services to feed the mind, body and spirit, helping them to maintain their dignity and independence.

No senior is excluded from classes or lunch due to inability to pay the tuition fee, said Higgins.

The $40 tuition allows participants to attend all classes unless there is an additional class fee for materials. (Not required if Computer or 55 Alive are the only classes taken).

Participants are encouraged to come by early for SEL Café for light refreshments and good conversation.

You may bring a guest at any time. They only ask that you reserve a first-time complimentary lunch for a guest by calling the SEL office the prior Monday.

And if you get a late start, don't worry. Participants may begin attending most classes at any time during the session.

"The percentage of men attending is surprising. And many who come make fast friends here," Higgins said.

You can bring your own lunch or have a catered lunch, this semester by Mom's Table. To register, just Google Seniors Enriched Living and download the registration form.

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