Glencroft University Proving You’re Never Too Old to Learn

For Immediate Release

GLENDALE, Ariz. (Sept.  14, 2020) — Residents at the Glencroft Center for Modern Aging are going back to school Wednesday, Sept. 16. For some, it’s a chance to learn something new. For others, it’s an itch they’ve wanted to scratch their entire lives.

Glencroft University is a big reason visitors notice a “college vibe” on campus at this 40-acre continuing care retirement community.  Residents can start their day with a swim or a workout in the performance center, grab a protein drink, and head to class without ever leaving Glencroft. Everything but the smoothie is part of the package at this “ZoeLife community.”

Steve Heller, vice president and director of ZoeLife operations, is also the Glencroft University chancellor. “Residents have roughly 40 classes to choose from during our semesters,” explained Heller. “For some who never had a chance to go to college, this is a chance to check it off of their bucket list. Others attend classes now and then. Regardless of their personal goals, the option to attend is provided at no additional cost and we plan to keep it that way.”

Course topics support Glencroft’s holistic ZoeLife model, founded on six core pillars of wellbeing: spiritual, physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and vocational. Students may elect such topics as religious studies, dementia or fall prevention, nutrition, conflict management, estate planning, navigating Medicare, coping with grief and depression, yoga, avoiding scams, and more. Various industry experts donate time and expertise to serve as guest instructors.

Students who complete a required number of courses under each pillar earn their degree as graduates of Glencroft University. Glencroft adheres to strict CDC safety and social distancing standards and offers streaming video and phone-in for those unable to attend in person.

About the Glencroft Center for Modern Aging

Founded in 1970, the Glencroft Center for Modern Aging (CFMA) is Arizona’s largest senior living community and one of the largest in the U.S. It is a nonprofit, faith-based continuing care retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-term care, and home health visits, among other services. CFMA is “powered by ZoeLife,” a community that empowers residents to pursue vitality through a full, active, and purposeful life. Visit us at and follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram) for more information.



Contact: Steve Heller
Vice President, Director ZoeLife Operations & Glencroft University Chancellor or (623) 939-9475

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