How Lifelong Learning Keeps Us Younger and HappierJanuary 17, 2019
Whether it's creative writing, knitting, or learning how to make a new recipe, Blue Harbor residents LOVE to learn! We truly believe that it's never too late to learn. Not only is lifelong learning fun, but it has other benefits for seniors as well! Read on to learn about these benefits and get inspired to start learning something new yourself.
Benefits of Lifelong Learning
#1 Keeps You Sharper Longer
Engaging in intellectually stimulating activities has protective benefits for the brain and may even help to prevent or delay progressive memory loss. In fact, studies show that cognitively active seniors are less likely to develop Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.
#2 Build Social Connections
Have you always wanted to learn a new language or skill? Loved arts and crafts but haven't had the time to dedicate to it? When you participate in an educational class or activity, you end up meeting other like-minded seniors with similar interests and passions. Here at Blue Harbor Senior Living, our residents who participate in our many different educational classes end up meeting other like-minded seniors who become lifelong friends. Some even meet the love of their lives (read this true story here!). And as we know, there's nothing like social bonding and friendship to keep us happy and well!
#3 Fulfill Your Dreams
It's never too late to pursue your dreams and passions. With the daily obligations of work and family, it can be difficult to follow our dreams. In retirement, however, we have more time and freedom to do what we love. Have you always loved music, but never had time to play the piano or sing in a choir? Have you always wanted to learn Spanish, but never had the time between work and family duties? Now's the time! Take these golden years to pursue what you truly love; this pursuit can lead to a greater sense of fulfillment and satisfaction!
#4 Fight Depression
As we age, it's normal to start feeling some sense of isolation or nostalgia. No need to let that newfound idle time or quietude feel like stagnancy or complacency. Learning something new and engaging in intellectually-stimulating activities is a great way to "get out of a rut", as they say. When you start to master a new skill or engage in an activity you've never tried before, you renew that childlike sense of excitement and joie de vivre. Plus, you meet great friends along the way!
#5 Laugh and Have Fun!
In all of our activities at Blue Harbor Senior Living, we're here to learn--not to win or “be the best”. That's what makes it so fun! So, even if you're not skilled at dancing, cooking, or whatever new activity we're trying, you're amidst a group of seniors who are all there just to have fun. So, let your pride go and enjoy the moment; you never know you might end up finding a new passion or making a new friend. But one thing's for sure: you'll definitely have fun!
See for Yourself!
These are just a few of the countless benefits of lifelong learning. We hope you enjoyed these tips! If you'd like more inspiration, be sure to browse our blog for wellness tips and activities ideas. Or, reach out and schedule a time to stop by in person for a tour so you can experience one of our many senior activities first hand! As always, our True Blue team is here to help you in any way we can. Happy New Year—and happy learning!
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