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College Courses Open New Avenues for Retirees
By Paula Huffingham-Suhey
Over ten years ago, I was completing the requirements for my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication at the University of North Florida. My minor was music history and one of the classes was Great Age of Vienna. The professor was M. J. Palmer and the class met in the auditorium of the J. Brooks Brown Building. It was a great class.
The first person to get to class (at least he was always there when I got there and I usually arrive everywhere “early”) was a man named Joe Fraden. He was about 80 years of age.
Dr. Palmer would walk into class and Joe would say, “Hello, Professor,” and we would hear, “Hello, Joe.”
Joe was auditing the class.
What a special memory that is for me. Joe’s respect for Dr. Palmer, his interest in classical music and just the fact that he had completed a successful career in the produce business, but was not ready to throw in the towel was so inspirational.
Joe Fraden was practicing the advice that advice Marisol Lance, D.O., a board-certified family practice physician, recently provided when she was asked to share some tips on the aging process. One thing Dr. Lance suggested was to keep learning.
Auditing a class remains an option at the University of North Florida and information is available at “Learning for a Lifetime” on the University website. Read the rest of the story
By Shannon Pulusan
The AAA Four-Diamond resort, located adjacent to the renowned World Golf Hall of Fame in Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida, is offering a special golf package for individuals age 55 and over. Available through January 31, 2014, this “Stay and Play Golf Package” includes:
- One round per golfer on either Slammer & Square or King & Bear champion course
- One World Golf Hall of Fame Combo ticket per golfer—a valid 2-day admission to World Golf Hall of Fame museum that features interactive exhibits and historic golf artifacts
- One round on the 18-hole real grass championship putting course
- One shot at the 132-yard Island Challenge Hole
- Deluxe room accommodations with daily breakfast
- $50 PGA Tour Academy credit voucher per golfer
- Range balls
The “Stay and Play Golf Package” starts at $171 per room, per night (plus tax) one golfer in a room, or from $239 per room, per night for two in a room. Complimentary shuttles are provided by the resort for guests to explore downtown St. Augustine’s historic splendor. The service brings guests to sites such as the Castillo de San Marcos fort, the Fountain of Youth and the charming, brick-paved St. George Street. Additional options in downtown St. Augustine include the Old Town Trolley Tour, the Old Jail, the St. Augustine History Museum, the Spanish Quarter, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Flagler College, Whetstone’s Chocolate Factory, Lightner Museum and a variety of water activities.
To take advantage of this special offer, reference promotional code S9R when booking the package for one golfer in a room or promotional code FXL for two golfers in a room. Show valid ID upon check-in. Room availability is limited under the promotion. The offer cannot be combined with other promotions and does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms. Blackout dates may apply and advanced reservations are required. Other restrictions may apply, and the offer is based on availability. For reservations or additional information, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000 or visit www.renwgv.com.
Off-to-College Tips for Empty Nesters By Virginia Pillsbury
For Your Kid
Keep Communication Open: Encourage your college student to set goals and handle decisions – but remind them that you are there if needed.
Stay in Touch Some: Check in via phone, email or text. Sometimes a simple “I love you,” via text can help during those hectic first days on a college campus. But set a healthy balance. Have a regular time to talk during the week and make sure that your student knows how to reach you in an emergency.
Keep Your Student in the Loop: Let them know what is going on at home so your student doesn’t feel out of the home loop.
Keep their bedroom theirs, if possible: If you can, let your college student keep his or her room as it was at home. Makes coming back home much more welcoming!
Options are Important: As much you might want your child home on the weekends or for holidays, your child may have opportunities to visit or travel during those times. Try to have open discussions about this.
Be Available: To listen and give advice when asked for.
Send Love from Home: Send a greeting card or care package.
When you visit them on campus: Always offer to take your student out to a meal – and always suggest that they bring their roommate or other friend.
The Role of the RA: Encourage your student to get to know his or her Resident Assistant. They are on campus in the residence halls to form a sense of community and be a source of support. They have been trained to help in any emergency or just to be a friend. They are a great resource.
Special Needs Students? Talk with your student’s school and set up whatever kind of emergency plan or special assistance plan that you need to have in place.
For Yourself and Your Spouse
Plan date nights with your spouse, or weekly evenings out with a friend.
Join the YMCA and take classes there.
Travel even if it is just a weekend trip two hours away. Use your new freedom to expand your horizons.
Get a pet.
Make your bucket list and start doing it!
Kick start your culinary style: The Empty Nest Cookbook: Recipes, Menus, Revelations, By Joy Smith, Cumberland House Publishing.