I’m a big believer in life-long learning, but I hadn’t considered how important it is to be learning as you move into those twilight years. However, I was recently reading an article about how to keep learning in older age, and it encouraged me to do some research into just why this is so important.
Here are some reasons why you should keep learning as you age:
For the emotional boost
When we learn something new, we have a nice little boost to our self-esteem. We naturally feel more confident, stronger, and proud of ourselves. These new skills can help you feel more independent- especially if you’re forced to rely on others for help to get around or to complete day-to-day tasks.
Now you have time
When you’re working full-time, raising kids, and dealing with all of life’s ups and downs, you often don’t have time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Once you’re retired, you’re blessed with more than enough time to learn more skills. If you’ve always wanted to pick up a new hobby, now is the perfect time to get started.
It’s good for your brain
The saying ‘use it or lose it’ couldn’t be more on point when it comes to your brain function. And seniors who keep learning are able to stay mentally sharp for longer. When you choose an activity that requires you to be mentally engaged, you’re rewarded with better long-term memory and increased cognitive ability.
It improves your social health
While keeping your mind sharp and active is key for cognitive functions, it can also positively impact your social life. When you’re constantly learning, you’ll feel more capable, you’ll often meet new, like-minded people, and you’ll feel more connected with your community.
It safeguards your mind
Studies have shown that people who prioritize learning at all ages are less likely to be impacted by dementia- and it can even slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. From learning a language to learning an instrument, or even taking an art or cooking class, there are many enjoyable ways to ensure you’re continually learning as you grow older.
It prevents boredom
Let’s face it: The more time on our hands, the more likely we are to suffer from boredom. If you’re hoping to keep boredom at bay, choosing to keep learning is a great way to do this.