Seniors are living a healthier lifestyle and living longer than ever before. With more time on their hands after retirement, many seniors are choosing to return to school. Obtaining a degree or just pursuing an interest is a life choice more and more folks over 50 are making. Kelley D. Hamilton is the CEO of Bonaventure Senior Living and has key insights on the issue.
Q: How would a senior citizen know which college to attend?
Kelley D. Hamilton: Community colleges are usually the best choice for a nontraditional student. They are cheaper and have greater public access than traditional universities and other four-year institutions.
Kelley D. Hamilton: Something seniors don’t usually consider is the times they can attend classes. Older students can often only attend night classes, and some colleges don’t have that option.
Q: Can seniors get loans or grants to go to school?
Kelley D. Hamilton: Of course. There are many state and federal grants aimed specifically toward seniors. There are also scholarships and awards for seniors interested in going back to school.
Q: Why would a person over 50 want to attend college?
Kelley D. Hamilton: For any number of reasons. People of retirement age often use the extra time to open a business or start a new venture. It’s never too late to learn new things.
Q: Could going back to school be advantageous to a senior’s mental health?
Kelley D. Hamilton: Actually, studies have shown that regular mental activity is extremely helpful to a senior’s mental state and level of depression. It provides a base for social activities and interaction with other people on a daily basis.
Q: What subjects should older students take?
Kelley D. Hamilton: That would depend on their reasons for attending school. Older students attempting to start a business or change jobs would be looking to educate themselves in their chosen field.