UVU sponsors classes for the elderly

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As Provo experiences an influx of people wanting to learn and soak all the knowledge they can from Education Week, a Utah Valley University-sponsored program gears up to provide classes for the elderly.

Elder Quest is a non-profit program which aims to broaden horizons and encourage pursuit of studies of many kinds through a peer-thought basis while enjoying recreational and social activities in an informal setting.

Founded in 1992, Elder Quest is a learning program which provides seniors 55 and older with the opportunity to take classes on a variety of subjects from retired university professors.

Suzanne Hammond, Elder Quest publicity chair, appreciates the wealth of knowledge those teaching bring to the program.

“We have teachers who have taught many different topics in different teaching settings,” Hammond said. “I am amazed at the life experiences they are able to bring to their classes.”

Hammond started in Elder Quest as a participant years ago before becoming involved with the program’s administration.

Some of the classes taught include Middle Eastern history, family history search, introduction to computers, personal history, choir, watercolor painting and classic movies.

“One of my personal favorites is the ‘classic movies’ class,” Hammond said. “The professor brings movie memorabilia, treats, drinks and explains little known facts about the film.”

The program is invested in assisting those who seek further education. Last year Elder Quest, and its members, assisted in the collection and disbursement of 18 scholarships aimed at “non-traditional” students.

In a recent press release Rhoda Zobell, Elder Quest president, said the donation efforts were outstanding.

“One of our most outstanding accomplishments is proving private donations, both large and small, can make a difference,” Zobell said. “The proceeds from the generosity of all those who participated … were far beyond expectations and all funds were matched by Elder Quest and other private donors.”

Elder Quest’s summer social, themed “For the Good Times,” will be held today from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Utah Valley Alumni and Visitor Center, 519 W. 1200 South, Orem.

Hammond said there is something for everybody.

“It is a delightful experience and you can go as often as you’d like,” Hammond said. “It’s just awesome.”

Membership is only $35 annually, which includes up to three classes available each day of the week as well as the activities.

For more information call Rhoda Zobell at 801-373-5872.

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