Our ability to learn, discover and explore does not diminish with age. If anything, the capacity of your human brain continues to regenerate as long as you keep using it. Lifelong learning in your golden years need not consist of textbooks and lectures, you can choose to learn whatever piques your interests! The new skills you may choose to acquire can range from languages, art, sports, and music to computer and technical skills.
Why is Lifelong Learning Important?
Lifelong learning is one of the most important aspects of aging well. It offers many benefits to your loved ones, such as enhancing their intellectual abilities. Ongoing research has shown that older adults who acquired new skills in their golden years, such as language and music, have better working and episodic memory. By stimulating your mind and keeping it sharp, you can make the most of these benefits!
Increased Neuron Generation
Neurons are in-charge of sending information from your brain throughout your body and vice versa. Your ability to generate new hippocampal neurons (the part of your brain that controls memories) can decline with age. However, continuing to learn combats that and helps to stimulate increased neuron generation and connection in the brain.
Reduced Risk of Dementia
With greater neuron regeneration, your brain health is improved due to your stronger brain cells and connections. Mastering new languages or board games are great ways to cognitively stimulate your brain and improve your memory, keeping dementia at bay.
Learning in a supportive social environment helps you to build close relationships and connections with your peers. Some fun and engaging social activities you can join include book clubs, learning courses, or yoga classes. Building social connections helps you to combat social isolation and feelings of loneliness that can lead to mental health decline.
TerraBella Little Avenue offers Celebrations activities and events, which is a fun and active social calendar designed to give its residents opportunities to engage in activities they enjoy the most. Their array of activities includes movie nights, live music performances, guest lectures, arts & crafts, games night, and other recreational activities.
Practical Life Skills
Learning new life skills can benefit your daily life and make aging better. Cooking, knitting, gardening, photography, writing, and sports are great hobbies that you can continue exploring on your own even after your courses have ended. You can also invite a group of like-minded peers who share the same interests to work on your hobbies together!
One of the greatest feelings of satisfaction is learning or mastering a new skill. It boosts your self-esteem, helping you to feel confident and proud of yourself. Learning new skills supports mental health and is a mood-lifter!
Retirement Community at TerraBella Little Avenue
TerraBella Little Avenue puts superior care, amenities, lifestyle programs, and personalized services together to create an exceptional senior living experience like no other. Our Assisted Living and Memory Care services offer you extra assistance with daily living activities to help you live as independently as possible. Our close-knitted retirement community supports your lifelong learning with our exclusive senior living programs.
To find out more, visit our website or contact us at 704-448-5760.