A Lifelong Love Of Learning is One Secret to Happiness for Seniors

Did you know....you really can teach an old dog new tricks? In fact, the benefits of continued learning during the latter stages is life is overwhelming. Research by the Alzheimer’s Society indicates that active learning in our senior years can delay the onset of the disease and help maintain independent living. We'll show you how to bring learning into your life so you can continue to achieve a HIGH quality of life! 

Remain Open to Opportunity

Lifelong Learning is defined as the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for personal growth.  It is the voluntary choice to learn something new regardless of age. Brain plasticity refers to the brain's ability to CHANGE throughout life. 

The human brain has the amazing ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections between brain cells (neurons). Our brains remain malleable well into old age, so whether you are 17 or 70, you can always create new cognitive connections amongst neurons. 

Commit to Continued Learning and Challenge Yourself! 

 A lifelong love of learning is recognized as one of the most important qualities a person can possess. Lifelong learning opportunities keep your mind sharp, improve your memory, increase your self-confidence, help you meet people who share your interests, and build on skills you already have. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Read a book! Perhaps the biggest benefit reading provides seniors is cognitive stimulation. This can help slow memory decline, improve sleep quality, and maintain cognitive skills, like problem-solving.
  • Keep a list of things you want to learn about. There is so much to learn, from gardening to music, science to politics.You learning list is your personal growth plan.
  • Take a continuing education course. Many universities offer continuing education courses on a wide variety of subjects. These courses not only help you grow cognitively, but also give you the chance to engage and interact with others.
  • Teach others. If you have a skill or expertise in a specific area, teach it to others.  Write a blog or start a Youtube channel

Lifelong learning is about attitude and doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t have to return to school or university to learn something new. Lifelong learning is about simple practices that create a healthy habit of being open to learning. SureCare At Home provides in-home care services to support your every goal for a high quality life. Contact us today to learn more!