College towns draw retirees
Opening Minds Through Art is a multiple-week, high-level program developed by a Miami student and conducted by the Scripps Gerontology Center that promotes creative expression among older people with dementia. Participants meet one-on-one with volunteers, usually Miami University students, to create watercolor, collage or printmaking and hold shows and sales of their works, says Suzanne Kunkel, director of the Scripps Gerontology Center.

Classes through the university unite people ranging from their 20s to seniors; The Knolls shuttles residents to Miami sporting and cultural events, and college clubs use The Knolls for events.

"Baby boomers are looking for ways to remain engaged in their community," said Kunkel. "Long gone are the days when bingo was the ultimate activity for retired people."

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Senior housing resources

Here's a brief list of resources for retirement and senior living choices in college towns:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes National Resource Center at the University of Southern Maine:

Eastern Kentucky University Continuing Education & Outreach:

North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement, The University of North Carolina at Asheville:

Elderhostel, Inc.'s Lifelong Learning:

Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center: