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Why seniors are going back to school

March 10th, 2016 3:17 PM by Sharon Mason

Why seniors are going back to school

Spring is the perfect time for rejuvenating and renewing your life. That’s why so many baby boomers and Arizona retirees choose to go back to school around this time. In fact, a growing number of active adults are opting out of traditional retirement communities, lush with golf courses and nearby shopping, for university-based retirement communities. Many seniors even choose buy homes near their alma mater or near a favorite local community college to start or continue their education long into retirement.

Wondering why seniors are going back to school? In retirement, it’s not uncommon for older Americans to find themselves isolated from their communities. As a result, many are trading the leisure circuit for the continuing education circuit to keep their minds sharp and stay on top of the technological trends that help keep them connected with society and their families.

Retirement communities with ties to universities are a growing trend. Catering to the college-educated baby-boomer generation, nearly one hundred schools have revived relationships with former students and others who live in nearby senior communities. There are approximately seventy retirement communities across the U.S. that has ties to nearby universities in the hopes of attracting older adults to enroll. Currently Arizona has one university-based retirement community at the University of Arizona in Tucson called the Arizona Senior Academy of Life Long Learning- Academy Village.

Most local colleges and universities offer opportunities to continue learning for seniors, from auditing college courses to attending lectures and classes held at a retirement center. There are even some programs that allow Arizona retirees to go back to school for free. If you’re interested in learning more about going back to school in retirement, one great resource is OASIS, a non-profit educational organization that promotes healthy aging through lifelong learning, healthy living and community service for adults aged fifty and up. If you’d like more information about going back to school in retirement or if you’re interested in buying an Arizona home near a college, please contact Sharon Mason today!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,

Sharon Mason, Associate Broker

RE/MAX Professionals


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