- A woman has graduated at the age of 90 from a university in Australia
- Her studies focused on music as a form of temporary relief from dementia
- Her advice to others is that "You're never too young to dream"
Lorna Prendergast has graduated from the University of Melbourne at the age of 90 with a Masters of Ageing. The focus of her studies was music as a form of temporary relief for people affected by dementia. She was the only graduate mentioned by name during the beginning of the ceremony. As she was receiving her degree, accompanied by her granddaughters, the crowd applauded.
Mrs Prendergast hopes that she will serve as an inspiration for others to pursue further study.
"Nobody is too old to sit down and say 'I'm too old, I can't do it'."
The 90-year-old decided to return to study after the death of Jim, her husband of 64 years.
The use of music as a form of temporary relief for people affected by dementia became a passion for her as she had seen the condition in people around her.
Returning to study in her late 80s using computers meant that Mrs Prendergast had to adjust to changes in technology. But as a former receptionist and librarian, she was up to the challenge.
Now she has received her degree, Mrs Prendergast said she wanted to take some time and focus on her house before deciding on her next project.
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