Tuesday's discussion in-volved a panel of four experts interacting with an audience of more than 60 students and guests.
The panel included Doug McCullough, 58, assistant professor of sports science and recreation, who spoke on fitness for the aging; Linda Monn, 41, an adult student, mother and campus staff assistant, whose topic was nontraditional students in the classroom and workplace; Forest Myers, 50, a Shippensburg, Pa., lawyer, who spoke on elder law; and Jo Searles, 71, a retired English professor from Penn State Altoona, Pa., who discussed women's issues of aging and spirituality.
Lew Jillings, director of academic affairs at Mont Alto, was the moderator.
McCullough said technology has changed the way people keep fit, from using smelly gymnasiums and boxing rings of the 1930s and '40s to modern YMCAs, spas and fitness centers with high-tech exercise equipment.
What hasn't changed is the amount of time required to get and stay fit, McCullough said.
Searles said people today "skitter from thing to thing," doing two things at once, using cell phones, having televisions in their bathrooms and living with lights flashing all around them.
"People are fleeing stillness like it was some curse," she said.
Myers said some older people are not comfortable with technology.
They are used to writing checks, but checks are on the way out and are being replaced by automatic teller machine cards and debit cards.
Many young people don't know how to write checks, he said.
Monn, who graduated from high school in 1974, said she went to Hagerstown Business College, "where I learned things that I don't use anymore."
She said she started working with a typewriter, moved to a word processor, then to a computer.
"Things that we learned in the 1970s are now irrelevant," Jillings said.