Students participating in the annual Elderhostel program at Kansas University should serve as an inspiration to people of all ages.
KU's Elderhostel program, which drew 60 people to campus this week, is part of a nationwide network offering educational opportunities to people who are older than the average student. Applicants to the program must be at least 60, but spouses in their 50s are welcome to come along.
Most of the classes take place on university campuses and focus on subjects of local interest. KU's program this year is called "A Kansas Homeland: Prairie and People," and participants interviewed by the Journal-World seemed to be surprised by some of the things they were learning about the state.
During a time in their lives when these people could be sitting in a rocking chair or playing golf all day, it's refreshing to see them still wanting to learn more about the world around them. They are a true example of people who enjoy knowledge and learning for its own sake, without it having to provide a means to a end.
The Elderhostel participants are welcome guests in Lawrence and provide a fine example of how to have a vital and active retirement.