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Inspirational Elderly People That Completed University

By Melissa Hill, 9:00 am on

Oklahoma at-home care professionals can attest that some seniors spend their retirement years complaining that they have nothing to do. While there are many different solutions to this common problem, the inspirational seniors below solved the problem by heading back to school to get their college degrees.

Shigemi Hirata

Shigemi Hirata found it difficult to fill his long days when a friend invited him to go to a pottery exhibit with him. Shigemi fell in love with the works of art that he saw at the exhibit. He enrolled in his first college course when he was 84 years old. Working slowly, he completed his degree when he was 96 years old.

Bertie Gladwin

Shortly after Bertie Gladwin dropped out of school when he was 14 years old, Bertie realized that he might have made a mistake. It still took him until his retirement to head back to school, but he did not let getting lost heading to his first college class stand in his way. He graduated with a master’s degree when he was 90 years old. He hopes to earn his doctorate before he is 100.

Dorothea Daniels

Dorothea Daniels spent her life as a caregiver. When she could no longer work, she headed off to college. She graduated with her associate’s degree when she was 99 years old. She did not let the fact that she had several strokes claiming most of her sight stand in her way of earning her degree.

Nola Ochs

While many seniors are heading back to the classroom, one of the first was Nola Ochs who resumed her studies when her youngest granddaughter started college. At the age of 98, she earned her master’s degree. While she originally planned to continue her education until she was over 100, she spent it writing a book instead. In December 2016 she passed away at the age of 105.

Encourage your loved one to pursue his or her dreams, especially in terms of learning. With help from Home Care Assistance, your loved one will learn new things every day, including how to maintain a balanced schedule and socialize with others. We provide flexible live-in and hourly home care Oklahoma families can count on to help their loved ones age in place with grace and dignity. Call 405-285-4191 today to learn how we can customize our services to meet your loved one’s unique needs.