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Baltimore promotes education for seniors

April 23, 2014

Seniors living in Baltimore retirement communities have a number of options to consider when looking to continue their education. Whether they're searching for complex courses at the college level or merely seeking classes to expand their knowledge on particular topic, Baltimore offers a range of opportunities for adults over the age of 50.

Community centers in the area provide training courses for seniors looking for ways to learn about new technologies, many of which partner with local high schoolers to help show older adults the ropes, while local health clinics welcome people to participate in free lectures concerning ways to best lead a healthy lifestyle for seniors

Baltimore County Public Library puts books on wheels for seniors
To celebrate National Library Week, which took place April 13-19, the Baltimore County Public Library held a contest for fans of its Read Rovers, vehicles that drive around the city to spread literacy to children and seniors. According to the Perry Hall Patch, the library sends four bookmobiles to the community, where they visit more than 200 daycares and 50 senior centers. People who come across the vehicles can return or borrow literature, as they carry more than 3,000 books at any given time.

The BCPL website explains that the Senior Read Rovers feature popular fiction and nonfiction works, DVDs, CDs and magazines, all of which older adults can borrow from the agency. Additionally, the source noted that seniors can specially request books for the car so that when it reaches their senior living home, they can check it out. 

Local community colleges offer life-long learning opportunities
In addition to the mobile library that visits retirement communities, the Maryland Department of Aging compiled a list of local institutions that offer free courses for lifelong learners and older adults who wish to participate in higher education courses. According to the site, any Maryland resident over the age of 60 who is retired and wishes to enroll in a college-level course can receive a tuition waver from the government, meaning that they can attend these classes at no cost or for a significantly reduced entrance fee.

Baltimore City Community College, for example, invites seniors to join the Savvy Seniors Institute. This program offers courses that cost only $20 for adults over the age of 60 and typically have six to seven class participants. Notre Dame of Maryland University hosts a similar program, the Renaissance Institute, which allows adults over the age of 50 to meet and discuss academic pursuits.

Last but not least, Baltimore retirement communities offer extended learning to their residents right on campus covering a wide range of topics that the residents themselves choose.