The common wisdom is that children are the best learners because they haven't become too set in their ways, and that the older people get the less adept at learning they become. But Georges and the other senior citizens who attend the Thursday afternoon English classes sponsored by the Federation Independante des Seniors must not have heard this theory.

Georges is not the only one in the classes who continues to stretch. One fellow student, another Georges (who is also ninety-three), practices every day by reading English journals, and he still drives around his neighborhood. Josèe is an active seventysomething who travels extensively, attends cultural events, and is taking a computer class so she can use her recently purchased ...

Get Leadership in Action - Dividends and Interest - Learning for a Lifetime now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.