Whether it’s singing, writing or learning how to sculpture clay, it’s never too late to learn something new! Seniors can reap countless rewards by pursuing lifelong learning activities. Not only can older adults find a sense of fulfillment by engaging their minds regularly, but learning also supports healthy aging in many ways.
Get a jump start below by exploring some of the benefits of lifelong learning!
Stimulating your mind with intellectual activities helps improve your brain function, which may help prevent or delay memory loss. A study at the University of Texas at Dallas found that seniors who pursued a new, mentally challenging hobby saw an increase in their memory skills.
Learning a new skill also may help ward off dementia by strengthening connections between parts of your brain.
Social wellness has numerous benefits for seniors, including better emotional, cognitive and physical health. Taking classes and participating in educational activities as adults can help us meet other like-minded seniors with similar passions and interests. Learning can also introduce us to new friends and open up new channels of communication with diverse groups of people.
One of the best benefits of lifelong learning is that it’s self-directed. You get to decide the topics you’d like to learn about. Have you always wanted to learn how to play the guitar? What about writing that novel you’ve always considered starting? The beauty of lifelong learning is that it’s your personal choice to pursue whatever sparks your interest.
At Advent Christian Village, you’ll find an active senior living community where residents do what they love. Located on 1,200 acres of woodlands overlooking the Suwannee River in Live Oak, Florida, we encourage our members to take advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings by offering engaging senior living activities and opportunities to learn something new! You could build toys for underprivileged children in the woodworking shop, feed your creativity in the art studio, join a club, and much more!