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A growing number of retirement communities across the country are also giving seniors the opportunity to return to campus -- and flex their intellectual muscles.

University-linked retirement communities offer lifelong learning programs to residents through local colleges or universities.

Such communities are developed close to campuses, such as Lasell Village in Newton, Massachusetts, where residents must commit to spending 450 hours a year taking college classes and engaging in fitness programs at a small liberal arts school nearby.

Likewise, Kendal at Hanover, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Hanover, New Hampshire, has ties with Dartmouth College's Institute for Lifelong Education, an adult education program.

Residents include a number of retired Dartmouth alumni and professors, who prefer academic stimulation to water aerobics.

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