Happy belated birthday, Leslie.
Let me tell you about my beloved late mother-in-law. She got her GED the year that my hubby graduated from high school. Three years later, when she was 42, Jeff and his brother Brett both made her a "double whammy Grammy" when our babies were born on the same day. Mom said "I'm too young to be a grandmother!" and promptly started college.
She earned her RN, and went on to later become the head nurse of a coronary critical care unit. Before she retired, she was teaching nursing students.
My hubby is currently the oldest student at The Naval Postgraduate School - he'll be 55 next month. He's working on a PHD in computer Cyber Security. He makes better grades than many of the younger guys, and he puts them to shame physically by commuting 6.5 miles each way every day on his bike.
Look at it this way - OLDER STUDENTS ROCK!!
Lots of Hugs,