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Oldest People to Graduate from a University

Despite their age, Albuquerque at-home care professionals believe that seniors benefit from education even later in life. In fact, many seniors are spending their spare time by going back to school. These seniors are overcoming obstacles to return to school after they are 90 years old. 

Shigemi Hirata

After spending a long career working in public hospitals, Shigemi Hirata finally had the chance to retire. He soon got bored, so when he turned 70, a friend invited him to go to a pottery exhibit with him. Shigemi fell in love with these works of art. It took him over 11 years to earn his degree, which he received which he received at 96 years 200 days old. 

Bertie Gladwin

Bertie Gladwin was not interested in school, so he dropped out when he was just 14. He never used a computer until after he retired in 1985. At his wife’s encouragement, Bertie decided to go back to school. He graduated with a master’s degree at the age of 90. He hopes to earn his doctorate before he turns 100.

Doreetha Daniels

Doreetha Daniels spent her life taking care of others, although she never earned a college degree. She finally decided to go back to school when she was 90 years old. She graduated with her associate’s degree at the age of 95. While in school, she had several strokes but she did not let that slow her down.

Twila Boston

Twila Boston always regretted not finishing her degree when she was younger. She took her first college classes as a young woman, then she took some more in the ‘70s and ‘80s, after her children grew up. She finally graduated with her associate’s degree at the age of 98.

Nola Ochs

In 1930, Nola considered getting married to be more important than college, so she dropped out. She did not go back to school for another 42 years. She finally earned her master’s degree when she was 98 years old. While she originally wanted to attend class when she turned 100, she was busy writing her book instead. Sadly, she passed away on December 6, 2016, but not before she accomplished her dream.

It’s never too late to continue learning or get a degree. Encourage your senior loved one to learn more each day with help from Home Care Assistance. Our reliable live-in, hourly and respite caregivers in Albuquerque promote mental and emotional stimulation to boost overall wellbeing. Call 505-798-0800 today to learn more about our unique services and how we can customize them to meet your loved one’s individualized needs.