FORT MYERS, Fla. ( December 28, 2012 )

The Academy at Shell Point invites Southwest Florida residents to participate in three informative sessions on Europe in Crisis by Thomas Tyrell, retired international lawyer, and former economic advisor to the UK government. Tickets are required for each session, and the first session will take place on Wednesday, January 23, at 10am, in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands at Shell Point Retirement Community. Session two and three will take place on January 24 and January 25, at 10am in the Grand Cypress Room of the Woodlands at Shell Point. Tickets are $10 each and to purchase tickets for these presentations, please call (239) 489-8472.

During his series of presentations, Tyrell will try to make some sense for Americans of the economic and political crisis gripping all of Europe. Allied victory in 1945 was not the end but only the beginning of the end for millions in Europe, to whom the years 1946-50 were as dreadful as war itself. The Treaty of Rome 1947 which established a European Economic Community (the EEC) was seen by the Founding Fathers in France, Italy and the Benelux as only the first step on the road to a politically United States of Europe. However that was not, nor ever has been, the motivation for the countries of northern Europe, in particular Great Britain, who sought only an economic Union.“Our financial situation here in The United States is linked to financial stability in Europe, and this is a great opportunity to learn more about the economic situation over there and what led to their current conditions,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. To purchase tickets please call (239) 489-8472.

The Academy of Life Long Learning at Shell Point is an educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides anywhere from 70 to 90 classes each semester that encompass a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy of Life Long Learning at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at or call 1-800-780-1131

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