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The Senior Learning Network (SLN) recognizes the continuous learning needs of retired citizens by developing educational programming designed specifically for this age group. It recognizes the importance of learning to the healthy maintenance of the brain and that learning should be expansive and interactive.

Each year 7000 boomers will turn 65 every single day for the next 10 years. Life expectancy is presently 85.2. Retirees will need multiple opportunities for lifelong learning and social interaction.  SLN helps fill the need for lifelong learning in senior communities.

The Network brings remarkable people and programs right into your world. Visit behind the scenes of the ballet and talk to dancers about their current performance or career; talk to the National Archives on research in genealogy; interact with authors to discuss their books and writing style; learn from scientists why they are trying to replicate spider silk – anything you can imagine can be brought to you.


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Winona Friendship Center and the Senior Learning Network





We are proud to be a 501c3 Non profit 

Through the wonders of technology, programs come to you directly over the Internet. Your group is able to speak with presenters live, in real time. No specialized equipment is needed. Most organizations have everything already on-site. You will have to download our software and have access through your firewall. Contact us for assistance in setting up your connection.

What we do…

  • Distance Learning: The Senior Learning Network provides learning opportunity for older adults. Participating sites can connect to scientists, authors, historians, artists, museums and other professionals through videoconferencing.
  • Streams: Enjoy programs as they are happening from the comfort of your home. This is not interactive but only meant to bring live performances and talks. Can’t make it to church? That can be streamed as well.
  • Center to Center: Share what you are doing with another center. Let them join in on your activity. Play jeopardy or other competitions with other locations.
  • Professional Development: Share professional development with other sites. It helps your budget go farther.
  • Be a Presenter: If you know of people with special backgrounds or interests, they can share their knowledge (live) with other sites in the network. If your community would like to create a news network, this would be a great venue. We can help you get your ideas out while giving people an outlet.

Who do we serve…

·            Retirement Communities

·            Community Centers

·            Libraries

We have Excellent Reviews!

Yes! The Senior Learning Network is a fantastic program.  Today we are teleconferencing at 1:00 with National Archives.  We will be learning how to use the National Archives as a source for discovering documentation into your family’s past.  On August 27th we are taking a live dive of the Channel Islands to discover the kelp forests and the seldom-seen world of rich marine life without even getting wet. Plus, Ellen with Senior Learning Network has been a wonderful help for me, the non-techy person, so I get connected to each teleconference correctly.  Susan Newville Hopkins, MN Private Henry Fairhurst looked remarkably well for being 130 years old today. The amount of information he was able to give to our participants was not only informative, but passionate and emotional. This teleconference is a MUST!  Winona MN Video Conferencing opens windows that I thought had been closed – Virginia Parker 85 – John Knox Village Resident Wouldn’t be fun to have a program from the other side of the International Dateline!  Garry Wheeler John Knox Village Resident SLN has added a wonderful dimension to our ” Activities” Calendar in our Retirement Community! As a Lifestyle Director, I have loved watching our residents continue on a path to life long learning as they have conferenced with so many wonderful people and places without leaving home!  I highly recommend Senior Learning Network.. amazing potential! You guys are the BOMB!!  You are both doing an incredible job.  You awesome to work with and thank God very patient!! Thanks Nicki They did enjoy it, even though they were quiet… but the BEST part, for me personally- is that not one of them left the room for a long time… It immediately sparked discussion in a couple of different groups.. which is something I LOVE to see!  They were just each recounting their own experiences during that time period, and we did all learn a lot.  RE The Historic Brown v. Board of Education Decision.  Terry, Atlanta GA

 Well our presentation today was a HUGE success!  We had 12 sign up and in the end 20 attend!   Everyone was very enthusiastic about the program and the interactive technology.  Susan Norwell, MA

  I’m not sure you saw my face at any point, but I wanted to personally  thank you for your time, and an excellent program! Our residents enjoyed it very much, and we look forward to another “ virtual field trip” with NASA in the near future! Terry Earl, Atlanta GA