Kids across the country are filling their backpacks and getting ready to return for another school year. Their minds are eager to learn and to explore new ideas. The ability to learn isn’t restricted only to children; older adults find many benefits from lifelong learning too!
Benefits of Lifelong Learning
Abrio Home Care encourages aging adults to live rewarding lives filled with meaningful experiences. Lifelong learning is a wonderful way for older adults to stay engaged throughout their lives. Learning new skills or exploring new ideas can help seniors find a purpose in life, increase knowledge, and build connection with others. Continuing to learn can even help improve overall health and well-being. It’s never too late to start! Here are some of the many benefits of learning as we age:
- Brain health. According to several studies, dementia rates are declining, and this decline may be attributed to education. Keeping the mind active can help improve brain health and memory while slowing or delaying cognitive decline. Another study found that adults who participate in mentally-stimulating activities, such as reading and learning, were 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals with more education may tend to lead healthier lifestyles as well.
- Reduced stress. Reading books can help fuel our imaginations, and it can also help reduce stress. According to a University of Sussex study, reading is very effective in reducing stress levels, slowing the heart rate, and easing tension in the body.
- Longer life. Research shows that education may even increase your lifespan. Education and learning can help lengthen your life by helping to reduce stress, lower risk of depression, and reduce the rates of some chronic health conditions.
- Increased socialization. Taking classes or learning new skills can help seniors connect with others and engage in conversations with people who share similar interests. There are many options for group classes, outings, and events to help older adults increase their social lives. Feeling connected to others can help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness while helping seniors feel more engagement and joy.
- Boost mood. Finding a purpose in life and enjoyable activities to participate in are important ways to improve one’s mood.
Ideas for Lifelong Learning
When looking for learning opportunities, think outside the classroom too. Activities can include group classes, private lessons, or independent, self-directed learning. For group learning opportunities, look to local public libraries, senior centers, community education, religious organizations, cultural organizations, community colleges and universities, and social clubs. For more self-directed learning, check out YouTube, smartphone apps, and the internet for video lessons and programs for practicing new skills. There’s something out there for every interest, budget, and schedule.
There are many wonderful activities to explore that challenge and engage the brain; here are a few to consider:
- Study a language.
- Learn to play a musical instrument.
- Discover a new hobby.
- Practice new art techniques.
- Learn to cook or bake.
- Hone an existing skill through volunteering.
- Read or join a book discussion group.
- Travel or take virtual tours of countries, museums, and other locations.
- Take classes, or earn a degree at a local college or online university.
Lifelong learning helps older adults find new opportunities to learn new things or to use their existing skills. It’s never too late to learn something new!
Abrio Home Care believes in nurturing passions and enabling older adults to enjoy their greatest lives in the comfort of home. Our compassionate caregivers are available as companions on fun outings, enjoying hobbies or games together, and for interesting conversations. We hope you will reach out to us at 877-71-ABRIO or through our online form to learn more about our Alzheimer’s care in Phoenix and in other Arizona communities.