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, South County 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 learn more about Touchstones Discussion Project’s methods and materials, contact us. We will be happy to help you select the Touchstones volume appropriate for your group, and to offer the guidance and support you will need to begin working with Touchstones in your community.
To volunteer in our Adult Programs as a discussion leader or to start a program of your own, please contact us.