Category: Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning
It is often said that 55+ communities are like college all over again but without the homework. If recent trends are anything to go by, then homework seems to be making an unlikely comeback.
While retirement is undoubtedly a time to relax and enjoy yourself after years of hard work, it’s also a great time to put in some work educationally. Research has shown that “lifelong learning,” or continuing an education into your later years, has benefits mentally, socially, and physically.
Just because active adults are living out their retirement, it doesn’t mean they have to stop learning. Keeping the mind sharp with continuing education classes helps them learn new skills, expand their mind, and live a more enriched life. There are many active adult communities that offer continuing education programs and on-site learning institutes that include lectures, guest speakers, and a wide range of course subjects. Here is a list of some communities that offer continuing education.
An active lifestyle in retirement doesn’t just mean having a gym regimen and weekly games of pickleball. Staying active mentally can also have enormous implications for overall well-being. Recent research has concluded that education into seniorhood can slow mental aging by decades, lead directly to a longer life, and can bolster abilities like memory, problem-solving, and abstract thinking.
Have you dreamed of learning a second language? Or maybe a third? Do you plan to travel in retirement and want to be able to speak to the locals? There are many reasons for learning a new language. There are also many benefits for active adult students that you may not realize until you take your first class.
Many retirees are taking advantage of continuing education programs to earn a degree or stay mentally active. Whether you plan to attend an uncredited course, pursue an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree, there are some simple steps you can take over the summer to prepare for going back to school in the fall.
Retirement may mean an end to your professional career, but it doesn't have to be the end of exciting new challenges and interesting experiences. You can pursue new hobbies, volunteer, travel or even train for a marathon. There are a number of ways to keep retirement interesting, and here are a few ideas to get you started.
While many active adults dream of traveling around the world, continuing education offers another great way to expand your horizons. Colleges across the country often feature lifetime learning programs for older adults and some active adult communities have their own, on-site learning centers. Yet there are also several free, online resources which make it possible to continue your education from the comfort of your own home.
Exploring genealogy has been a popular hobby for some time, but the Internet makes it easier than ever for you to sleuth out your family tree. You can use online resources to research your family, organize the data you find and even connect with distant relatives.