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How Lifelong Learning Can Help You Stay Sharp in Retirement

March 30, 2020

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

– Henry Ford

A common misconception is about the normal aging process is that cognitive decline is inevitable – but that isn’t necessarily true. Mental aging is determined by many variants, including a person’s lifestyle. And constantly seeking new information, no matter what the subject matter may be, can enhance our health greatly.

Keep reading to learn the benefits of lifelong learning and a few ideas of healthy brain activities to get involved in.

6 Benefits of Lifelong Learning

  1. Enhance Cognitive Function and Promote a Healthy Brain: Your brain is a muscle that requires continuous learning and growth in order to “stay in shape.” By learning something new, you’re creating efficiency in your brain.
  2. Fight Boredom: Constantly seeking a new challenge helps prevent boredom creeping into your day. Take every opportunity you can to learn something new and enrich your life. Plus by being more engaged in learning, you’ll have more opportunities for meaningful connections.
  3. Learn Practical Skills: Your newly acquired knowledge can apply to your everyday life. Whether it be researching nutrition facts or learning a hobby like woodworking, you’re able to keep up with trends and skills that may help you more efficiently go about your day.
  4. Improve Self-Confidence: Continuing to learn new things increases your knowledge, skills and experience. This eventually leads to a greater trust in yourself and your abilities, improving your self-confidence.
  5. Sleep Soundly: Working out your body causes your muscles to tire – well, the same thing happens with your brain! By exercising your mind, you’re better able to relax and have a good night’s rest.
  6. Connect with Others: Seeking knowledge also opens up socialization opportunities, from joining a class with your peers to connecting with a neighbor over a similar hobby.

Ideas of Healthy Brain Activities

Learn a Hobby: Not only will you by improving memory and cognitive function, but learning a new hobby is an enjoyable way to spend your time.

Read a Book: Discovering a bit of history or learning about a culture through a book expands your mind and helps you learn something new.

Find a Class: Miss the days of sitting in the classroom with a group of peers and learning something new? Local colleges and libraries often hold continuing education classes for you to explore.

Discover Healthy Lifestyle Choices at ESLC

To help keep your brain healthy and sharp, Episcopal SeniorLife Communities offers Neighborhood Programs that are available for both residents and the greater community. These programs help keep you active, inspired, and healthy through lifelong learning opportunities, from nutrition information to educational presentations. For more information about Neighborhood Programs, or to learn more about our senior living options at Episcopal SeniorLife Communities, please contact us today.

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