Old folks adult chat
Gulden isn’t just speaking as an instructor; she was also an adult student – she went back for her Master’s degree in nursing (MSN) at 50, and graduated when she was 53.Along the way she discovered her love of teaching, and has been teaching nursing classes at Rasmussen College’s Eagan and Brooklyn Park campuses since 2011.
If so, you’re not alone – many adults are going back to school these days. Earning your nursing degree can be fulfilling at any age, and plenty of current students are proof of this.Apps and services that allow users to real-time chat are experiencing a kind of renaissance, with the likes of Banter, Rooms, and Hip Chat muscling in on email and text messaging.The da Vinci of this particular revival is Slack–the just-over-one-year-old service has already nabbed a $1.12 billion valuation and hooked more than 250,000 users. A central chat room for employees to share messages, photos, and company updates.The act of chatting online with strangers–that phenomenon that first found its footing in the ‘90s, with clunky design and dial-up access–is fashionable beyond the workplace.In October, Facebook launched Rooms, a way for users to anonymously swap photos and comments about shared interests.In an environment where many social networks now encourage or mandate real names, the freedom to use a moniker is refreshing, according to Chris Hajek, a professor of communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio.“[They] fulfill a need other sites or other forms of communication don’t,” he says.
It’s a premise Ekho Powell, a 33-year-old public relations professional in Florida, agrees with.
“Strong operators are basically constantly marketing because they have to keep that front door full with a line.” Advertisement The problem for operators, though, is that even the oldest baby boomers don’t seem ready to consider moving into retirement communities.
Properties like the Commons are marketed as 62-plus, but the average age of new residents is 80.
Even if you do happen to be the oldest student in your class, it can work to your advantage, according to student Oscar Barat, who started earning his nursing degree when he was 53.
Barat says he feels like he fits in with his classmates and that he’s even become a role model of sorts.
Since (if we're lucky enough) we'll be old someday, it's in our own best interest to address this myth so that we can remain an active and valued part of community as we age.