Continuing your education is a great way to increase the chances of a satisfying retirement, notes U.S. News & World Report. Lifelong learning, whether online or in person, provides a number of benefits for seniors:
You can pick the subject
Unlike in your old school days, you’re not forced to listen to boring lectures on topics in which you have no interest. Unless you’re working on a specific degree, the sky’s the limit in what you can choose to study.
Keep your mind sharp
Lifelong learning offers multiple benefits to seniors, as About Relationships notes. Whether you’re learning a new dance step or a new language, keeping your mind sharp may provide you with the following perks:
- Better memory
- Improved self-confidence
- A feeling of accomplishment
- A sharper mind
- A way to meet kindred spirits
- A new interest you can share with loved ones
You’ll stay more socially engaged
Returning to school as an older adult will give you the chance to meet an array of interesting people. Some of the fellow students you meet are bound to be kindred spirits, since you’ve chosen the same subject of study. You may even make some new lifelong friends.
How can you get started?
If you prefer to attend classes in person, start with colleges, universities and community colleges in your area. Many provide discounted or even free classes for seniors, along with the opportunity to audit classes at no cost.
If you want to go the online route, you can also check the website of any brick-and-mortar educational establishment in which you have interest. But be sure to check into some of the many free learning resources online as well. For example, Khan Academy provides free, high-quality courses on everything from differential calculus to prehistoric European art.
Engagement is key for vibrant aging
Whether you choose a traditional college or an online program, continuing to learn will help keep you engaged and active. Another great way to stay engaged is with IndependaTV™, which connects you with loved ones through video chat and messaging. By staying connected and pursuing lifelong learning, you can help keep your mind sharp as you age.