Gael ~ September 15th, 2011
Around this time of year, many families are thinking about back to school. This doesn’t always refer to the kids, though. Several of my co-workers here at AdaptMy.com are also heading back to school… and this got me thinking. How many seniors would also enjoy the intellectual and social stimuli of going back to school?
My Mom always said that she’d love to retire somewhere near a large university where she can take classes and enjoy the cultural variety that university towns have. One of my older cousins managed to live this out at Lasell Village in Massachusetts, a college-affiliated retirement community. These independent living communities seem to be popping up all over. They are sometimes called “lifelong learning centers”. The seniors living in the communities are encouraged to enjoy all that the university has to offer. The communities have made agreements with the university so that the residents can enjoy classes, concerts, and the library at little or no cost.
Although it may not be possible for you to uproot and move to one of these communities (you may not have one in your area), there is no reason you can’t have this in your own backyard. Local universities, colleges and community colleges often cater to adults who don’t want or need credit-earning courses. Looking into it for just a moment, I’ve discovered that our local community college has a Organization of Active Adults that plans meetings, special classes and discussion groups while also negotiating discounts on credited classes.
If you are a lifelong learner, look into what’s available in your area (oh, and don’t forget about online classes!) or take a look at the college-affiliated retirement communities popping up all over the country.
Take a look at these, starting with my own alma mater