"You're never too old to learn," says 91-year-old valedictorian

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The Baycrest Learning Academy, in partnership with Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education, is one of the most popular programs at Baycrest. It brings together older adult learners who are interested in challenging themselves, and who have an appetite for intellectual pursuits. Students have been offered courses in archeology, philosophy, theatre, astronomy, impressionism, history, biology, cinema, neuroscience, classical music, French literature, climatology, sociology and more.

The most requested classes are typically music and arts-based – subjects that resonate with Baycrest’s clients, and trigger personal past memories.

At a graduation ceremony, valedictorian Eva Kurtzman, 91, said she learned a lot from the courses.

“I knew absolutely nothing about art before,” she said. “As the saying goes, you’re never too old to learn. It was really exciting for all of us today.”                                       

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