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Senior Class: Older Adults and Higher Education

Deborah Martinez

More than one-third of students at Santa Fe Community College who are over 50 are studying to earn degrees. Their reasons for putting off retirement vary from the simple desire to keep working, to life-changing experiences that propel older adults to re-tool and continue working to support their families. I recently spoke with several returning students about reinventing themselves in their later years and their enthusiasm for "staying off the couch." Here's the first of a two-part series, from the tutoring center on the SFCC campus.

This story was written and produced with the support of a journalism fellowship from New America Media, the Gerontological Society of America and the Commonwealth Fund.