September is Healthy Aging Month and senior citizens of Williston are celebrating by attending Senior College.
The three-day event began today and the seniors showed that age is only a number.
“We learn here what we can’t learn at home,” says Verna Nicks, a senior student.
She, along with the other students attending the college, prove that you are never too old to learn.
“We try to vary the topics each year and make our seniors feel important. Make them feel their voices are important to everybody,” says Kurt Stoner, Bethel Lutheran Foundation director.
And the seniors made sure their voices were heard. Like any good students, they raised hands, asked questions, and took notes.
“They learn so much from each other and they appreciate learning from some each other. They don’t put it all on me,” says Jim Stout, associate professor at Williston State College.
Research shows exercising the body, and the brain regularly, improves thinking and memory skills. It could also delay or prevent certain disorders like Alzheimer’s.
Verna Nicks understands the importance of staying active. She works and still manages to find the time to play with her great-grandchildren.
“It just keeps you mentally balanced. You can’t stay stuck in the same thing all the time. I love to color,” says Nicks.
And Nicks loves coming here. She’s attended Senior College the past 21 years, ensuring that she remains at the top of her class.
The college continues with speakers and musical acts tomorrow and Friday. It is open to the public. The cost is $10 and college scholarships are available.