Returning to Their UW Roots

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New partnership allows Badger retirees to live and learn near campus.

Cultural events are key at the Capitol Lakes retirement center. From left, resident Jim Crow, a UW-Madison emeritus professor of genetics, plays his viola, while Bucky Badger demonstrates his piano skills for residents Janice and Jean-Pierre Golay. Photo: Andy Manis

Cultural events are key at the Capitol Lakes retirement center. From left, resident Jim Crow, a UW-Madison emeritus professor of genetics, plays his viola, while Bucky Badger demonstrates his piano skills for residents Janice and Jean-Pierre Golay. Photo: Andy Manis

Returning to Madison later in life is often a dream come true for UW-Madison graduates, and the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) has joined with Capitol Lakes retirement community to offer exclusive opportunities for active seniors to live and learn in the campus area.

“Even when Badger alumni graduated from college many years ago, their university experience in Madison is always close to their hearts and minds,” says Paula Bonner, WAA’s president and CEO. “We’re delighted to partner with Capitol Lakes to welcome seniors back to the vibrant downtown area, where they can stay connected with their alma mater through our lifelong learning programs.”

WAA’s affiliation with Capitol Lakes, the only retirement community in downtown Madison, will bring lifelong learning programs and events to participants. As the program progresses, WAA members who are age fifty-five and older will enjoy many benefits, including information and resources about retirement and senior living, priority access to residency at the community (for those age sixty-two and older), special guest room rates, and complimentary club memberships at the Capitol Lakes Aquatic and Wellness Center.

“Studies have shown the value of continuing education in successful aging, and hosting these events has long been a commitment of Capitol Lakes,” says Bruce Beckman, the facility’s marketing director. “Now, with the help of WAA, we can expand our educational programs while providing alumni an affordable way to re-experience the fun, urban lifestyle of downtown Madison. We invite alumni to take advantage of our member benefits and make full use of our expertise when considering their retirement options.”

Capitol Lakes is an accredited, not-for-profit, continuing-care retirement community that offers an array of residential styles, assistive services, health care, recreation, and social activities. To learn more, visit retirement.org or contact WAA at (888) 947-2586.

Published in the Winter 2009 issue

Tags: Alumni

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