Learning is something we do throughout our entire lives. We don’t simply stop learning once we’re finished school – we learn new things every day. The learning we do in adulthood isn’t usually done in a classroom, but it still counts! Think about all the new things you learn in a day, whether it’s learning a new skill in the kitchen, talking with a friend or reading about something. Learning is an essential part of life and is something we should all seek to continue as we get older.
Why learning is so important for seniors?
1. Healthier and more active
It’s important to keep the brain active as we get older. Learning new skills or about new subjects is a great way to keep the mind sharp. Continued learning can improve memory by maintaining brain cells. Think of your mind as a muscle; it needs to be exercised regularly to keep it strong.
2. Emotional boost
Learning something new is a great way to boost self-esteem. When you learn a new skill, you feel stronger, more confident, and proud of yourself. New skills can give you a stronger sense of independence, which will keep you happy and healthy.
3. Meet new people
When you decide to attend a class or lecture, you’ll find yourself surrounded by people who how some common interests. For example, if you decide to take a class to learn basket weaving, you know that everyone else there is interested about basket weaving too. It’s a built-in ice breaker – chat with everyone about why they’re excited to learn this new skill. It gives you an opportunity to make new friends inside and outside of the classroom.
4. You finally have the time
Ask any adult around you if they’ve got something they’ve always wanted to learn about. Most people have a list of things they would like to learn, but they simply don’t have the time to do it. However, once you retire, you have the gift of free time! Why not take this opportunity to take that course you’ve always wanted to take or pick up that hobby you’ve always wanted to try out?
WHERE TO START
Local seniors centres and community centres offer classes are a great place to start if you want to learn a new skill. Many offer a wide variety of classes to choose from, covering everything from arts to fitness and even cooking. Many local universities also offer special learning tracks designed for seniors, with one day courses, lectures, and even courses for university credits.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) offers more than 1500 general interest classes to adults of all ages. Take up a hobby, learn a skill, learn a new language and to meet people in your community. With affordable classes and discounts for seniors it’s a great opportunity to try something new. Check out what they have to offer https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Adult-Learners/Learn4Life
Learning new things becomes especially important in our senior years. It’s a great way to keep your mind and body active and can play a key roll in keeping you happy and healthy. Whether it’s in a formal setting like a in a classroom or just learning something new from a friend, it’s important to continue to seek knowledge.