Seniors reach out on DVD

October 05, 2006, volume 37, no. 3

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Simon Fraser's continuing studies seniors program has launched its 32nd year of service to the community with a new outreach initiative.

Developed with the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society, their first project, Perceptions of God and Heaven (The Afterlife), is now on DVD and ready for distribution.

The two-part production (each 28 minutes long) features a discussion among panelists Rabbi Yosef Wosk, Reverend Shirley Stockdill and Imam Mohamad Rachid, with moderator Alan Aberbach, director of the seniors program.

The DVD will be offered at no charge to seniors organizations in B.C. "Part of the university's mandate is helping adults achieve their intellectual, professional and cultural goals through lifelong learning," says Aberbach. "The goal of this project is to promote active dialogue among seniors, helping to breaking down social isolation."

Seniors' centres and organizations are being encouraged to develop opportunities for seniors to watch the video and then participate in a moderated discussion, using a specially prepared program guide.

"This will give B.C. seniors an opportunity to increase their intellectual and community involvement, and socialize more than they are able to do in a formal classroom setting," notes Aberbach.

The SFU seniors program offers a wide variety of credit and non-credit courses. For more information phone 604-291-5212.

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