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Inspirational Senior University Graduates

By Paul Lacovara, 9:00 am on

Nearing 100 has not held some people back from earning their college degrees. They have not been held back by death of spouses, multiple health issues or needing to move to a new community to pursue their dreams. The following senior graduates have proven to be inspirations to both seniors and their Milford elderly care professionals.

Doreetha Daniels

Very early in her life, Doreetha Daniels proved that she was an independent woman when she traveled from Nebraska to California to earn her nursing degree. Once she arrived, she discovered that the school did not take out-of-state students. She fell in love and raised a family. She did not return to the classroom until 2009. Despite the fact that she had multiple strokes costing her most of her sight, she graduated in 2015. 

Nola Ochs

Nola Ochs dropped out of school in 1930 to get married. She did not return to the classroom for over 42 years. She earned her first degree, proudly walking across the stage with her youngest granddaughter who was also graduating. In 2009, she earned her master’s degree. Never content to quit learning, her goal was to attend a college class when she turned 100. She passed away in December of 2016.

Leo Plass

During the Great Depression, many people had trouble finding a job. That is why Leo Plass dropped out of school when a friend offered him a high paying job. He decided to return to school after many years, and finally, Leo earned his associate’s degree when he was 99 years old. 

Wally Taibleson

Wally did not take his first college course until he was 70 years old. Despite being almost blind, he used a flashlight and two magnifying glasses to earn three master degrees since that time.

Doctor Allan Stewart

Allan Stewart dropped out of school to fight during World War II. He went on to be a very successful neurosurgeon and a chief executive officer of a large insurance company. Yet, he never gave up the dream of earning that first college degree. At age 95, he achieved that dream.

These seniors are an inspiration to others who might be discouraged from trying new things or starting over. With Home Care Assistance, your loved one can achieve similar goals with help from our flexible live-in and hourly home caregivers in Milford. Call 203-444-8575 today to learn more about our comprehensive services and how we can customize them to meet your loved one’s individualized needs.

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