Active Adult Communities Offer Enrichment Opportunities
Many residents of active adult communities and other senior living facilities aren't content to spend their days swimming, working out or playing golf, bingo and bridge.
A large percentage of residents choose to enrich their minds and their lives with classes covering topics from Edgar Allan Poe to spirituality and from classical music to Chicago history. Health and finances are also of perpetual interest.
That is why many of the residential communities around Chicago's suburbs partner with local community colleges, hospitals and Elderhostel to offer continuing education programs.
Sue Dalton, a resident of Sedgebrook in Lincolnshire, has taken courses at that community offered by both the College of Lake County and by Elderhostel. She has also taken similar classes through her church.
"I like the intellectual stimulation as long as it is a fairly short time commitment," Dalton, 76, explained.
She particularly enjoys the convenience of taking history, literature or religion classes that are offered right on campus at Sedgebrook, an Erickson retirement community.
"The formal partnership with the College of Lake County has been in place for several years and Sedgebrook is a satellite location for classes that are open to the general public and Sedgebrook residents," explained Lorraine Willmot of Erickson.
Recent classes offered by CLC at Sedgebrook have included a four-week course on portrait drawing, a lecture on fairy tales, a two-week art course on the "birth of modernism," and a four-week course called "Profile of a Prophet."
Upcoming classes include a lecture on World War II naval intelligence and two music appreciation classes.
Sedgebrook is also hosting a four-part "Jewish Identity Series" for residents only, led by a local rabbi.
Monarch Landing in Naperville is developing its relationships with local colleges and hopes to offer courses in the fall, Willmot said.
The various Del Webb active-adult communities throughout the area -- Sun City in Huntley, Shorewood Glen in Shorewood, Grand Dominion in Mundelein and Edgewater in Elgin -- offer varying educational opportunities for their residents.
Edgewater has a current events class that meets once a week. …