Lifelong learning can offer a new perspective
The Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) at Lone Star College-Montgomery is a popular program where mature students can head back to the classroom to attend everything from workshops to seminars to field trips. Similar initiatives are taking place all over the country as boomers plan for retirement or look back to education as a way to attain their dream job.
The ALL programs are available at five different colleges. Others, such as Osher Lifelong Learning Institute courses, are spread across the country, with more than 100 programs available in all 50 states.
No matter where you choose to hit the books, lifelong learning is a gateway to new opportunities and experiences. Dale and Lynda Woodruff, who are both retired, know this for a fact. They have striven to make even more classes and programs available to students, working to implement dulcimer classes at Lone Star College-Montgomery, according to WoodlandsOnline.com. Dale also volunteers as a computer coach so he can help others learn about new technology.
Lynda explained to the news source that the lifelong learning classes that she and her husband have taken have given them "a whole new outlook on life." The advantage of these courses is that students not only get to learn about new subjects, they get to make new friends in an intellectual atmosphere.
Many Del Webb communities know the importance of lifelong learning as well, whether students want to go back to the classroom to explore a unique topic or pick up a new skill set for a job. For example, at Del Webb Stone Creek, homeowners have access to the Master the Possibilities Education Center, which is just two miles from the community and offers courses in topics such as literature, fine arts, memoir writing and investing.
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In years past, it may have seemed unusual to see scores of older adults heading back to the classroom, but that is no longer the case. Many retirees make lifelong learning a priority once they leave the workforce, and few people are more emblematic of this growing trend than 92-year-old Ruth Elliott.
After retiring, adults have many decisions to make. Do they want to embark on an encore career? Travel? Perhaps they want to volunteer. But one of the most popular options for boomers is heading back to the classroom.
The baby boomer generation has been shaping travel trends for decades, and now as millions of its members are heading toward retirement, it is doing the same thing once again.
Heading back to the classroom has become a popular retirement activity for older adults.