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View from over the Hill ~ Seniors must keep their minds alert

I may be over the hill, but I am a member of the new old-age group. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2011 people 65 years and over make up 13.3 percent of the U.S. population.

Living longer presents new challenges.

Care and maintenance of the mind is much like the care and maintenance of the body.

According to the Mayo Clinic the aging person can keep the mind alert and active with a proper diet, exercise, adequate water intake, proper sleep, social activities and daily mental exercises. In other words keep your life balanced.

Excellent mental work outs are: do many of the free daily cross word puzzles or free Sudokee. You might try some on-line activities with www.besteducationalapps.com.

It is becoming increasingly common for seniors to return to college. Taking a class, any class on any subject can improve your cognitive abilities and rejuvenate your memory. According to the American Council on Education, seniors return to college for a number of reasons, to have fun, to meet people, to acquire skills for a new career and/or acquire skills to help advance in their current career and to fulfill a lifelong desire of having a college degree.

Colleges welcome students 55 years and older according to the National Association Center for Education Statistics. Online classes are becoming more popular with seniors. The senior can learn at convenient times for them, from their homes. The classes can be for college credit or for fun.

The City of Mesquite has a two-year college. The College of Southern Nevada is located 140 N. Yucca , (702) 346-2485. The Board of Regents voted to eliminate senior discounts. However, there are interesting classes being offered. If you saved money in your child’s 529 plan and did not spend it all, you can use it for your own education. Ask your tax advisor about Uncle Sam’s $10,000 life-time senior citizen deduction for higher education.

We become what we believe. We have learned remaining positive sends our bodies loving messages that are crucial to maintaining good health.

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