After a lifetime of hard work, your parents have entered their golden years and moved to a fantastic retirement community. Their days and nights are theirs to do as they please, but beyond hanging out with their kids and grandkids, what’s an active senior to do with all that extra time?
Many, it turns out, are heading back to school.
Partnering with colleges and universities is becoming a growing trend in retirement community development. Retirement communities are a bit like living on a college campus already, and, with the college partnerships, they provide opportunities to pursue intellectual fulfillment. There are a number of perks the seniors enjoy when they are at school, including special deals on campus activities and events, use of the library and fitness center, access to student dining halls and the chance to participate in some classes.
These college-linked communities are attractive to a growing number of retirees not looking to be “put out to pasture.” A new population of retiring baby boomers includes many who seek new experiences and intellectual challenges. College communities provide just such challenges. Living in a college town also offers opportunities to give back to the community through volunteer efforts. Some retirees embrace the chance to mentor students or teach classes in their given expertise.
Currently there are college-linked communities at about 70 campuses nationwide, but there are many more on the way. The popularity of these types of retirement communities among the growing population of baby boomer retirees has spurred more development. Those interested in these communities, however, should do their research first. Not all college-linked communities are built from the same model. Some communities offer far more access to college resources than others.