Editor’s Note: Happy Valentine’s Day from Wealthy Retirement!
February 14 is a fun occasion (and reminder) to dedicate time to people in our lives who we appreciate.
But often, we forget that this list should include ourselves…
Today, Research Director Kristin Orman will share ways that you can take care of yourself this Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to a healthier and happier retirement.
Read on to discover gifts – beyond flowers and chocolates – that will make this season of appreciation and affection even more meaningful, especially if you’re “flying solo” this year.
(Though if you’re like me, you’ll also treat yourself to chocolate…)
– Mable Buchanan, Assistant Managing Editor
Getting older can be stressful.
We lose physical strength and mental acuity with each passing year, which can make everyday tasks like completing a crossword puzzle or walking up and down the stairs a frustrating nightmare.
But aging does have its perks. Especially when it comes to discounts and freebies.
Now, I’m not talking about “early bird specials” or a free cup of coffee.
I’m talking about valuable discounts and incentives specifically designed to help seniors keep their minds sharp and their bodies healthy.
These opportunities are worth thousands of dollars. In fact, they could help you avoid a costly joint replacement down the road or transform your dream of a retirement business into a reality.
Have you been missing out?
Getting Back to the Books
If you haven’t browsed the course catalogs at the colleges and universities in your area, you may have missed an opportunity.
That’s because many universities and community colleges offer discounted or free tuition to seniors.
It’s a huge advantage because rising college costs stop most seniors from pursuing additional education.
Classes cost hundreds of dollars, and tuition can add up to $10,000 or more each year.
These programs are a perfect fit for those looking to master a technical skill set or even start a retirement business. They’re also an optimal choice for working folks who want to gain the new knowledge and connections required to remain competitive in their industries.
And it isn’t just boring accounting classes either.
At the University of California, Berkeley, senior citizens have the opportunity to take classes on memoir writing, documentary filmmaking, Chinese history and Cuban politics. Georgetown University offers a class for seniors interested in entrepreneurship called New Venture Creation.
Nearly 60% of accredited colleges and universities across the country offer tuition waivers for elderly students.
Enrolling with a waiver may require you to forgo course credit or register as an auditor. But if your goal is to gain a specific skill set, pick up a new hobby or deepen your knowledge of a particular subject, that doesn’t matter.
Contact your local colleges and universities for specific age restrictions and residency requirements. Their staff should also help you navigate the application process and select courses.
A Sound Mind Relies on a Strong Body
Source:: Investment You