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SENIOR COLLEGE: Over 50s Take Computer Classes

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Education is coming 140-characters at a time at AIB College. Professors there are in the process of teaching older Iowans how to use computers.

Wednesday’s lesson was Twitter.

In addition to computers, Senior College also offers classes on history, gardening, yoga and line dancing.

Most classes take place during the day at metro libraries, senior centers and local colleges.

Anyone 50 and over can participate.

“Unless there is some kind of connection, volunteer, working for church, working in politics, people need to do something or they sit home and they vegetate. And that’s not good,” student Ruth Henson says. “It’s getting out, getting about and being social and being healthy. Life’s good.”

The senior college program was started in 2005. All of the teaching and organizing is done by volunteers.