Lifelong Learning for Seniors has Amazing Health Benefits
Posted on: 12 April 2020 by Oli Kang
Lifelong learning is not just for those academically-inclined. It’s a process that keeps us happy and our mind sharp and works wonders for our aging brain!
Learning is a continuous process and doesn’t end with high school or college. We learn on the job, we learn and grow in our personal lives, and we learn as we grow old. However, as adults, we approach a different kind of learning, where we assimilate only the information and skills needed to be better in our professional field.
Even when we take a class, we first think about the benefits it will bring for our career or current situation. We rarely take a class just for fun, and when we do it’s usually pushed to the side in favor of other priorities like paying the bills or caring for the children and house.
Still, once we’re no longer professionally active and the children are self-sufficient, we can return to learning as a fun activity. Even more, with the plethora of online courses available on the market, anyone can learn about new technologies, personal finances, knitting, and even gardening!
But should we? After all, as juniors we are forced to study and prepare for years on end, so should we be doing the same thing as seniors? As it turns out, continuous learning has tremendous benefits for seniors and we’ll discuss the most important ones below.
Improves the Mood & Leads to a Balanced Emotional State
Studies show that lifelong studying can help older adults cope with poor self-image and depression and it even has some positive effects in the battle against cognitive decline as people age.
But learning also has an effect on the emotional balance of an individual because people feel more confident and even proud when they manage to master a new skill. And, by learning, people develop positive feelings about preserving their memory even into the later years of life.
Improves the Social Aspect of Life
Whether we’re talking about online courses or on-location classes, seniors have a wonderful opportunity to meet new people with similar interests. This reduces the epidemic of loneliness that affects seniors everywhere and can improve their emotional state.
Keeps the Brain Active
Sadly, many seniors list watching TV as their main hobby. While it can be a pleasurable activity, if TV is your only window to the world, you lose the connection with reality and the brain enters a state of vegetation that encourages a sedentary lifestyle.
It was proven that people who enroll in fun activities like learning how to draw or mastering a musical instrument (to name a few) have a sharper mind and better memory than their inactive counterparts. By keeping the brain focused, you continue to stimulate the brain cells and don’t allow diseases to settle in so quickly.
Overall, lifelong learning is not about boring lectures or courses you don’t quite understand. Instead, it’s a fun way to keep the brain active and the emotional state at bay as we age.