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Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself.
So says Philosopher, John Dewey,  (1859-1952)
You are never too old to get better.
So says Engineer, Irving Schwartz (1940 –        )


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    • Dec 10: Updated LLIR Membership Guidelines 20151208 posted.
    • Dec 02: Course outlines added under the “Course Information” menu. These change with time as more material is added.
    • Nov 30: For details of the new Wellness Centre in the Glendon Athletic Club, go to the Members Page.
    • Course evaluation survey closed Nov 14.
    • Oct 01: Fall 2015 Newsletter published. Newsletter_2015Sept 

LLIR, Who We Are.

Living and Learning in Retirement (LLIR), the oldest 3rd Age learning program in Canada (and maybe the world, but who’s counting!), is an autonomous, not for profit organization for retired persons eager to pursue the challenge of continuous learning, but without examinations or term papers.

It was established in 1973 by a small group of volunteers, who met with staff from the Glendon faculty of York University to explore ways to enrich their retirement years. The group was able to obtain a start-up grant under the federal ‘New Horizons’ program and Glendon made facilities available for this purpose. The first lecture was presented on September 28, 1973, with 144 registrants. Since then, membership has grown to over 1000, with ten courses presented during each academic year, 5-6 in the fall and 4-5 in the winter. All courses are on Friday.

When do we meet?

There are two 10 week sessions one in the fall (Sept-Nov) and one in the Winter (Jan-Mar). Each session has 4-6 courses, some in the morning starting at 9:50 AM and some in the afternoon starting at 12:50 PM. All courses are on Fridays at Glendon College on Bayview Ave.

What LLIR is all about

Our Vision        To be a leading Third Age Learning organization providing academic opportunities that meet the learning needs of the increasing number of retired adults.

Our Mission    To plan, direct and manage excellent academic programs for the education and pleasure of retired adults.

In providing service to our members, the following values represent the elements that we are committed to preserving and enhancing as LLIR moves forward to meet future challenges and opportunities. In effect, these core values also become the base criteria for evaluating future decisions and initiatives.

  • Learning and its contribution to the quality of life for retired adults
  • Program and course quality
  • Accessible and affordable courses
  • Professional organization of classes and administrative procedures
  • A warm and caring atmosphere that is conducive to learning
  • A spirit of community that recognizes our members’ social interests
  • Our relationships with Glendon College, its students, faculty and staff
  • A committed, active volunteer Board of Directors



President, Naomi St. John’s

President’s Message, Winter 2016

You may have seen a piece in The New York Times, January 1, 2016 regarding Third Age Learning titled, “Older Students Learn for the Sake of Learning”.

Like those of us at LLIR, over 150,000 men and women nationally in the United States participate in classes, affiliated mostly with colleges and universities. Like us, their classes attract “educated, passionate people who are seeking intellectual and social stimulation amongst peers who often become friends”.

This fall at LLIR we took a journey into space with Dr. John Percy leading a DISCOVERY OF THE UNIVERSE.  Glendon’s Dr. Stanislav Kirschbaum gave us the timely topic of WAR: it’s meaning and consequences. Staying within the historical framework, we looked at GLOBALIZATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS with Dr. Saeed Rahnema.

“Medical research has shown that as people age, intellectual stimulation and social interaction helps promote healthy minds”. Which led many of our members to seek out Dr. Guy Proulx’s course on THE CHANGING BRAIN. For the arts lovers, we offered GREAT EUROPEAN CITIES with Dr. Julia Zarankin.

As we begin a New Year heading back to class, we welcome both new and returning members. And on Monday February 1, we will again open our Wait List to new members. We are most fortunate to have an engaged and active Board of Directors who look forward to your ideas and suggestions for future topics and speakers. Your board participates with you not only in Co-Chairing classes but also researching your suggestions and planning programs two years in advance. The Registration team work diligently ensuring we receive notices about our chosen courses in a timely manner.

As we have transitioned the past two years to online registration and emails, our membership has been most responsive to the new technology. Our Past President, Norbert Hartmann is currently leading the Nominating Committee in putting together the slate of Directors for next year to be announced at our Annual General Meeting to be held Friday March 18, at 11:15am. The new board members will be introduced at that time along with the presentation of our financial reports. We encourage all our members to attend.

Naomi St. John

If there is anything you feel needs to be added to the site, then please send a note to info@llir.ca . We appreciate your input.

Thank you for visiting the site. We hope you find it useful.

LLIR is a member of the Third Age Network.