As many people across the country prepare to get out school for the summer and enjoy a well-deserved break, there is a smaller, but very determined group of students that will enroll again to take classes while everyone else is lying out on the beach or enjoying afternoon picnics.
And a growing number of those troopers are 65 and above.
Yes, there is a growing trend: more seniors are attending school than ever before, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Why would there be, when more learning institutions are making returning to school in your senior years easier than that glee club elective you took back at your own alma mater? One of those schools is Shimer College, a small liberal arts college in Chicago that invites those over 60 into its Great Books program, citing the real necessity for different perspectives in discussions of great literary works.
The state of Texas offers free or reduced tuition to people 55 and over, depending on the option they choose (for-credit or audit). And California citizens have a lot to look forward to when they reach 60, including eligibility to attend college classes for free at any public university. Some universities even offer collaborations with retirement and assisted living facilities, wherein college-level classes are taught on facility premises.
Programs like the aforementioned ones are sprouting up all over, and are even helping to pave the way to second and third careers for those who take advantage. At a time when many seniors are ill-prepared for retirement, programs like these could help level the playing field, breathing new life into their future plans.
But there’s another, even greater benefit of this trend: sheer knowledge. The sharing of new ideas via engaging dialogue is one of the easiest ways to keep one’s mind sharp, and it can automatically improve the quality of our elderly loved ones’ lives. And when they are living better, so are you.
So check out what education benefits may be lurking about for your parent. You might be glad you did.
There is so much to think about when entering the later stages of life. If you are considering elder care options, we at 805Aging can help. Our professional staff specializes in assisting you to choose the right kind of care for your loved one.
We conduct regular check-ins when you are unable to do so. 805Aging also provides oversight and detailed feedback to the family to keep your loved one safe and well-cared for day or night, weekday or weekend, holiday and every day.
We have the resources. We can hold your hand. We can guide you. Your peace of mind is our main goal, and is well assured. To find out more, call us at 805-750-4755 or visit our website and sign up for our monthly newsletter: www.805Aging.com.
There is no manual on how to take care of your parents as they age. They had a baby book when you were young. You have us. -Amy