When your region is a hub for cultural tourism and a popular location for second-home owners from nearby large markets, particularly New York City, educational enrichment opportunities for older residents is a part of the economic development portfolio. The Berkshires are fortunate to be the home of one of the 120 or so Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, providing learning experiences, classes, trips, speakers, designed by and for individuals 50 or older. The initiative is about 50 years old, and has grown all over the world. The program was created by Bernard Osher after he was inspired by a lifelong learning program in San Francisco. For the Berkshires, it adds to the cultural and educational offerings that make it more attractive for those looking to invest and spend their retirement years in this region. I spoke with Megan Whilden, the executive director of the Berkshire Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) about the program on Berkshire Business Today. Check out the interview below:
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