If you're 50 or older, with a curious mind and a keen interest in learning just for the love of it, you're not alone. Other seniors also know that lifelong learning is also good for your health.
Doctor William Rossing retired this year. Now the 73-year-old is going back to school. But university life is a lot different this time around.
"No tests, no books, no homework assignments," he said. "It's more leisurely and you're not worried about 'are you going to get this done by a certain deadline'."
His financial management class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has helped him put together a post retirement game plan
"They would talk about taxes and estate planning, and funding the grand-kids education," Rossing said.
The Institute held an Open House in October to welcome students. Staff is working on building their membership to 300 by this time next year. They're already more than halfway there.
"We're offering a variety of special activities, events and speakers to draw people into the program," said Program Director Lori Bonderson.
Meanwhile, William Rossing is already thinking about what class he'll take next. "We happen to have an instructor that was very dynamic and very interesting. So I hardly wanted to miss the class if I didn't possibly have to," he said.
Through a partnership with Avera McKennan, the Institute is also offering mini medical school classes featuring specific topics in health and medicine. OLLI classes are held four times a year at the University Center . Fall and spring terms last eight weeks while summer and winter are 4 weeks. Classes are held on Fridays during the day and occasionally on Saturday. If you have questions call 877-AT-AVERA or visit this website: www.averamckennan.org