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Retirement – Seniors Learn New Skills Have Fun

By:  Julie Morris Guest Blogger

Retirement should be a relaxing and fun time for you. Now that you’ve left your old job behind, it’s time to spend some time with the grandkids and maybe do some of that traveling that you’ve been talking about.

However, retirement can also be dull. After so many years of work, it can be hard to adjust to this new lifestyle. That’s why seniors like yourself should look into learning new skills. Read on for some tips on how to make this enjoyable. But first, why should someone be learning something new at your age?

Why Learning Is Still Important

One of the problems with the golden years of your life is memory loss. It gets harder to remember things at this age. Then there are problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s which can make it harder to stay mentally sharp.

That’s why Judson Smart Living recommends that you continue your education. You know how your body needs exercise as you get older? The same is true for your mind. Keeping your mind active through learning can help you delay problems with dementia and maybe even avoid them altogether. In addition, learning new skills can help you avoid boredom and improve your self-esteem. It’s never too late to learn, and just realizing you have new skills can help you feel better about yourself.

This can be especially true if you are in addiction recovery, something many seniors face due to prescription drugs being overused. One of the hardest parts of being in recovery is feeling like you’re alone, or feeling uncomfortable around others while you’re in a fragile emotional state. Having a hobby can help you set the tone of your social encounters as well as keep them short and sweet. Make a date with a friend to go for a swim or head to a DIY pottery class together.

Joining Classes

Speaking of classes, there are many education courses open to seniors. The Penny Hoarder explains that every state has some method of seniors to take college classes at either reduced tuition rates or even for free. While you probably don’t have to worry about getting the right coursework for a job or certification, there are plenty of interesting topics and skills you can learn. You can learn a new language, study philosophy, or learn enough about technology to impress even your grandkids.

However, classes to build your learning aren’t limited to formal education coursework. Many communities have classes for seniors to take at a park district, library, or retirement center. These can offer such varied topics as writing, wine tasting, boating, or even game design.

Plus, these classes can be a great way to socialize and meet other people. One of the hardest parts of socializing is finding something in common. By taking a course or class together, you can learn something to keep your brain sharp — but you can also make some great friends in the process.

Looking Online

However, you are not limited to courses where you physically meet. These days, a lot of learning takes place online. That’s why the AARP has a page explaining how you can take reduced-cost or free classes over the internet.

 For example, both iTunes U and Academic Earth are sites where you can watch educational video and audio files. This lets you explore all kinds of topics without making a commitment, but you can also learn from these on your own time. If you still wake up early each day, why not put that time to good use?

Learning Can Be Fun

As a senior, taking some classes and learning new skills can be just what you need. It helps stimulate your mind to keep it sharp, but it can also be a great way to socialize and avoid retirement boredom. Besides, learning something new can be very fun!

by: Julie Morris

Life and Career Coach

julie_morris@juliemorris.org | juliemorris.org

 Julie Morris is a life and career coach. She thrives on helping others live their best lives. It’s easy for her to relate to clients who feel run over by life because she’s been there. After years in a successful (but unfulfilling) career in finance, Julie busted out of the corner office that had become her prison. Today, she is fulfilled by helping busy professionals like her past self get the clarity they need in order to live inspired lives that fill more than just their bank accounts. When Julie isn’t working with clients, she enjoys writing and is currently working on her first book. She also loves spending time outdoors and getting lost in a good book.