A 90-Year-Old Grandmother Just Graduated From Uni With Her Master’s

Jul 29, 2019

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A Victorian grandmother is inspiring would-be students after she received a Master of Ageing degree at age 90.

According to The University of Melbourne, Lorna Prendergast decided to study online after watching her husband battle Parkinson’s before he passed away in 2016:

“When Mrs. Prendergast’s husband became ill and was eventually admitted to a nursing home, it was a bleak time for the driven octogenarian, but she noticed something positive which peaked her interest. She saw a distinct pattern in how music affects memory and behaviour.

“The staff at the nursing home were happy to let Mrs. Prendergast play music DVD’s for the residents, and she says she noticed that when Jim joined in the singing he would ‘come back to be his old self for a while.’

“She remembers that he would mostly be listening to Andre Rieu, British songs of WWII, and Christmas Carols, as well as Irish and Italian classics. It was these moments that planted a seed in Mrs. Prendergast’s mind, eventually pushing her towards her current study.”

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