Florida retirees given opportunity to go back to school

A program in Titusville, Florida, is providing older adults who live there with an opportunity to stay not only physically active, but mentally fit as well. Florida Today reports that the town's Brevard Community College campus offers low-cost classes for anybody over 50 looking to learn something new.

According to the news provider, the classes range from improving computer skills to genealogy to online social networking.

Florida retirees given opportunity to go back to school Additionally, the school offers a number of self-help classes, such as learning new technology or managing finances. The students and teachers both agree that the learning process should not end once one has left school or retired.

"Once you stop learning, that's it," Pat Monfet, director of community partnership initiatives at the school told the news source. "You might as well throw in the towel."

Along with keeping a retirement-age individual engaged in the community, being mentally active can provide other benefits as well. MedicalNewsToday.com reports that recent studies have shown that mental stimulation can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other dementia by as much as 75 percent.


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