How Lifelong Learning Keeps Us Younger and Happier
Whether it’s creative writing, knitting, or learning how to make a new recipe, residents at Canyon Creek 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 ward off 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 Canyon Creek Senior Living, our assisted living and memory care residents who participate in our many different educational classes end up meeting other like-minded seniors who become lifelong friends. 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. For some, with the daily obligations of work and family, it can be difficult to follow our dreams while still staying true to our commitments. 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 sadness. In our younger years, it was easier to stay distracted and busy, but now there’s a little more time for quietude—which isn’t always a good thing, at least not in excess. No need to let that 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.
#5 Laugh and Have Fun!
In all of our senior activities at Canyon Creek, we’re here to learn, not to win. That’s what makes it so fun! 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, but we hope you enjoyed these tips. If you’d like more inspiration, be sure to learn more about our activities program. Or, stop by in person for a tour and you can experience one of our many senior activities first hand! Happy learning!
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