What I like is to hear what other people think. I don’t necessarily agree with them, but I like to know what they think.
-Mynah, participant in Touchstones programs for older adults
Touchstones programs for older adults and life-long learners are designed to provide engaging, thought-provoking, and lively discussions in which all participants’ perspectives are included and respected. Participants connect in interesting and new ways as they examine their opinions and ideas. They frame current issues within their own life experiences, teaching each other as they continue to learn about themselves. In examining Touchstones texts of cultural and historical significance, all participants practice critical thinking. They exercise their intellect, create new friendships, and experience a revitalized sense of membership in our society.
Since the 1990s, Touchstones programs with older adults have been run in many places. In Maryland, sites include the Annapolis Senior Center, Arnold Senior Center, Edgewater Senior Center, Classic Residences by Hyatt (now called Five Star Premier Residences), Erickson Living in Catonsville, and Bedford Court by Marriott Independent Living, among others. In California, there are Touchstones programs at The Redlands Retirement Community in Mill Valley.
To volunteer in our Seniors program as a discussion leader or to start a program of your own, please contact us.
- Touchstones Is for Everyone – Annapolis Seniors Newsletter – April 2010
- Profound Thinking – Touchstones Project Expands with Seniors Discussion Group – The Capital – August 18, 1996
- Mental Aerobics – Discussion Groups for Seniors – Spectrum – Winter 1997
Interested in reading more? Take a look at Touchstones for Seniors Brochure.