Old age does not have to be a time of slowing down. It’s the perfect time to do something for yourself – learn something new that you didn’t have time for. Seniors should take care of their education, acquire new skills and broaden their horizons. They have predispositions and possibilities for this and, what is important, they can gain a lot from it. It’s never too late for studying!
Reasons why seniors should always keep learning:
- Improve Self-Confidence.
Self-confidence can be influenced by two things; trust in yourself as well as your level of competence, which comes from knowledge, experience and the skills that you possess.
- Fight Boredom.
Staying challenged helps fight boredom. Take every opportunity to enrich yourself and learn something new; take a course, read voraciously, watch TED conferences online or attend webinars in your field of interest.
- Keep Your Brain Healthy and Your Mind Sharp.
Learning keeps your brain functioning at a high level. The brain is a muscle; continue to keep it in shape by giving it new challenges and opportunities for learning and growth. Mental facilities are best protected when they are used often and continued learning can slow the physical process of Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Learn Practical Life Skills.
Besides the professional knowledge we acquire through school or work, it’s important that we learn practical skills such as handling our finances, improving our communication skills, as well as basic computer skills. Courses on these subjects and more are readily available online for students of any age!
- Model Positive Behavior for grandchildren.
Set a good example for your grandchildren by letting them see you work hard at self-improvement and continuing your education. Working alongside each other towards individual goals will increase the chances that you both will be successful!
- Learn for Leisure.
Take a course in a subject you enjoy such as cooking, photography, beading or writing. You never know what other interests you might discover!
- Sleep More Soundly.
Just as when you exercise your body and it gets tired; when you exercise your mind, your mind gets tired. Give your mind a workout by studying a new subject!
- Stay Healthy.
There are some not-so-obvious health benefits to learning. Becoming organized and practicing time management techniques can help reduce stress in your life. Learning the basics of nutrition may help you to make improvements your diet. Exploring health and fitness courses may inspire you to take better care of your body.
- Make new friends.
Classes at the university are a great place to meet new, interesting people.
The most important thing is to make a decision to change: yes, I’ll try! This is the first most difficult step, but it is worth taking it, not out of obligation but only for your own satisfaction.
Universities of the Third Age are becoming increasingly popular and can be found in almost every major city. They offer a variety of activities, so seniors undoubtedly will find something for themselves.