Join a Distinctive Health Club Designed Especially for Your Brain

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Thousands of older students across the nation are going back to college to keep their brains sharp, to connect with their peers and to re-experience the joy of learning. Denton has its own “college for seniors,” the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Texas. Since 2009, OLLI at UNT (formerly the Emeritus College) has offered classes that let seniors experience college in a new way.

OLLI at UNT members take an active role in the structure of this unique learning model.  Presenters, who include UNT retired and active faculty and area professionals, lead stimulating programs reminiscent of university classes—without the strict requirements or extended time in class.  There are no prerequisites, no tests and no grades.  Unlike other programs offered in the community, the classes are not skill-based.  Attendees learn simply for the joy of learning.   OLLI at UNT is the opportunity to alter patterns, challenge thinking and learn and do new things.

Scientific studies such as from the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center show that “staying cognitively active throughout life — via social engagement or intellectual stimulation—is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.” The Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project suggests that older adults who take college courses may increase their cognitive capacity. Exciting research is demonstrating how people at any age can generate new brain cells and keep their brains fit.

OLLI at UNT members select their own schedules and choose from a variety of learning options and topics.  Some classes are one-time lectures (60-90 minutes), while more in-depth study is available through seminars (two or three 60-90 minute lectures).  All classes will include time for group discussion.  Classes are offered September-November and February-May.

To find out how to become a member, click here.

Want to learn more or offer suggestions? Contact Marilyn Wagner (Email: Marilyn.Wagner@unt.edu, Phone: 940-565-3487)


Benefits to Community Members

  • Social and intellectual stimulation
  • Exchange of ideas and discussions with peers
  • Opportunities to seek knowledge, share knowledge, ask questions and try to find new ideas and insights

Annual $140 Membership in OLLI at UNT includes:

  • Registration privileges for unlimited lectures and seminars offered each year
  • Daytime classes during the week
  • End-of-season social
  • Library privileges at UNT's Willis Library

Evolving Class Topics
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  • Fine Arts
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • History and Social Science
  • Math, Science and Technology
  • Language and Literature
  • Current Issues
  • Health and Well Being

Sample classes
(Over 100 classes were offered in 2015-16!)

  • Why Doesn't Food Taste Like I Remember?
  • The Lady Spy Who Tricked Hitler
  • Fun with the Presidents and their Ladies
  • Tories and the Revolution
  • Nigeria, A Country of Promise and Interesting Politics
  • Rx for Angst: Aging in America
  • New Technology in Forensic Science, and Issues for Transition
  • Rise and Fall of the Republic of Texas
  • Denton's African American Quakertown Story
  • Global Security Challenges for the Next President
  • Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease
  • Special Collections at the UNT Music Library

OLLI at UNT Advisory Council and Standing Committees

OLLI at UNT offers many opportunities for members to volunteer their expertise. Please click here to learn more about our Advisory Council and Standing Committees.

If volunteering for OLLI at UNT interests you, please contact Marilyn Wagner (Email: Marilyn.Wagner@unt.edu, Phone: 940-565-3487).

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