Learning and Education

The Benefits of Lifelong Learning

October 12, 2020 • Fenny Peiffer

The Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning is words which seniors should take to heart. These words mean keeping your body and mind engaged by pursuing new things. This can be knowledge or experience or both. Although you may hesitate at trying something new, at this stage in your life, the rewards of learning a new skill or pursuing your passions are well worth it.

There are a number of benefits you can gain through lifelong learning, be it learning a new language, learning how to dance, or writing articles. Here are some of those benefits.

Keeping your Mind Sharp – After retirement, most seniors tend to relax and not spend time engaging their minds. This can be a bad thing as it increases the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Learning something new, and keeping at it, can keep the mind active and prevent the onset of dementia.

Feeling of Accomplishment – Think of how you felt when you baked that cake or complete an assignment at work, for the first time. The feeling of doing something and doing it well will be immense and give you a great sense of accomplishment.

Meet People with Common Interests – Retirement can be a lonely experience if you don’t keep yourself occupied. There are two ways to be as active as you were before. These are either move into an active adult community or consider lifelong learning. Doing both or either, you are bound to meet people with the same interests as you, and you will form lasting friendships.

Increase your Income – Living on a fixed income is not easy. Learning something new that enables you to make some extra money, such as, writing articles or painting can increase your income in retirement.

Increase Self-ConfidenceRetirement is a time when you may find your self-esteem at its lowest. This is a time when you may start questioning your mortality and yourself. By keeping yourself occupied by trying something new, you can increase your self-confidence and be happy.

Where to Find Lifelong Learning Resources

Are you interested in finding out about lifelong learning? If so, you can visit any community college or technical schools that offer this facility to seniors. Take the time to visit these places and make the most of your life.

This article is by ActiveAdultLiving.com®, where you can find information on any active adult community in the US and Canada.

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