Back to School – It’s Not Just for Kids

So it’s that time of year again…with the end of summer brings the excitement of the new school year and new learning for the kids! As an adult, haven’t you ever been just a little bit envious of that “back to school” rush kids experience? Jealous of the excitement of new learnings and of the prospect of engaging your mind? What if you had time to do this when you retired AND found out that it might make help you age more successfully?

According to the UCLA Longevity Center (Fall/Winter 2015 Newsletter), lifelong learning for older adults can be as effective as a college education in protecting brain health as you age. Since Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States according to the 2016 Alzheimer’s Report, brain health is something we should probably put pretty high on our priority list!

Locally, we have a wonderful resource to find lifelong learning opportunities – SOAR (Society of Active Retirees – www.soarexlore.com).  SOAR is a community-based, lifelong learning initiative affiliated with Wayne State University and the Road Scholar Institute Network. It is a member-run and member-driven organization that offers a broad range of non-credit courses and related activities that provide multiple opportunities for social and cultural enrichment as well as personal growth. SOAR draws from volunteer faculty, largely from WSU and other area colleges and universities. In addition to SOAR, we have a vast array of wonderful community education programs and community colleges that provide programs ripe with opportunities for older adults. 

In addition to protecting brain health, lifelong learning can add to successful aging by:

  • Keeping you mentally and socially active
  • Adding joy to your active retirement years
  • Adding additional knowledge and wisdom to your life
  • Being a financial“efficient” retirement activity

Successful aging takes many forms, and it isn’t always about being financially successful. It is about staying healthy…physically, mentally, psychologically…in all ways possible. Staying active is part of the game. For more information about how you can stay active for successful aging, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sandra Adams, CFP® , CeFT™ is a Partner and Financial Planner at Center for Financial Planning, Inc.® Sandy specializes in Elder Care Financial Planning and is a frequent speaker on related topics. In addition to her frequent contributions to Money Centered, she is regularly quoted in national media publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Research Magazine and Journal of Financial Planning.


This information has been obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but we do not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Raymond James is not affiliated with the Society of Active Retirees organization, Wayne State University, or the Road Scholar Institute Network.