Caring for an Elder? Why Not Go to College at the Same Time?

Barry Lenson

Caring for an Elder? Why Not Go to College at the Same Time?

Go to College While Caring for the ElderlyLots of baby boomers are caring for aging parents these days. And lots of people are caring for aging spouses or other loved ones.

Aging persons can require different kinds of care. Some continue to live in their homes. Others live in retirement complexes or assisted-living communities. Still others require medical care on a day-by-day basis.

If you are caring for an aging parent, spouse or other elder, you already know how time-consuming it can be. Some elders require only minimal help – in some cases, a drive to the store or a visit every few days. In many other cases, caring for an elder places severe time limitations on their caregivers.

Caregivers often find themselves dealing with large blocks of idle time. I know a woman named Lorraine, for example, who spends more than six hours a week visiting her mother, who lives in an assisted living facility.

“I take her to lunch downstairs, then much of my time is spent sitting in my mother’s room as she naps,” Lorraine says. “At those times, I usually watch whatever afternoon shows happen to be on television. I feel like I am wasting a lot of time that I could be putting to better use.”

If you are a baby boomer or someone else who spends time caring for a loved one in that way, here’s a suggestion for you . . .

Why not put quiet time to good use by pursuing online college work at the same time?

In those six weekly hours that Lorraine spends sitting in her mother’s room, she could be taking an online course – in effect, going back to college instead of watching afternoon TV.

If you also find yourself with blocks of time that could be turned to an educational purpose, perhaps you should think about going back to college online too. Chances are that your loved ones will support your efforts to balance caregiving and education.

While you are providing care, why not take good care of yourself too, by investing in your own education?

Download your free copy of The StraighterLine Guide: How to Go Back to Collegewith no cost or obligation. In the interest of your family and your success, get the earning power of a college diploma working for you now.


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