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Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Senior woman taking care of her garden

If you think learning at an older age becomes too difficult or you believe the old cliche, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” you’re tragically underestimating the regenerative capacity of the human brain. Continued interest and curiosity about the world around us are some of the most important aspects of aging well. Learning new skills is not only fun, but it’s also very beneficial to prevent cognitive decline in later life. Research states continued education and developing new skills activate neuron receptors that help the brain function more efficiently. And according to another study, the cognitive engagement of learning a new skill can help preserve memory function in later years.

But I Don’t Want to Go Back to School

If you didn’t love formal education, and you’re thinking, “Why would I want to do more studying in my retirement?” have no fear. You don’t need textbooks, lecture halls or grades to reap the benefits of lifelong learning. One of the benefits of learning a new skill in your retirement years is you get to pursue whatever interests you. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to play guitar or to speak French. Maybe you want to shock your grandkids with some high-level computer skills. Find a project that excites you, that makes you want to practice and improve. Depending on your preferences, you can choose to tackle your new skill solo or in a group. You get to create the learning environment that works best for you.

Ideas of New Skills for Seniors to Learn

When you’re looking for a new skill to develop, choose a practice that requires dedicated brainpower. While it may be tempting to select an activity you can master right away, that tactic wouldn’t provide you all the desired benefits of learning a new skill.

Artistic Practices

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Creative writing
  • Photography
  • Musical instrument
  • Woodworking

Technical Skills

  • Web coding
  • Photo editing
  • Video editing

Active Pursuits

  • Golf
  • Billiards
  • Tennis
  • Yoga
  • Dancing
  • Bowling

Social Games

  • Bridge
  • Mahjong
  • Dominoes

Spiritual Practices

  • Meditation
  • Genealogy
  • Gardening

Cultural Exploration

  • A new language
  • A new cooking style

New Skills for Seniors to Learn at Lake Seminole Square

At Lake Seminole Square, we make it easy for residents to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill in retirement. You can create your masterwork in the Arts and Crafts Studio, build something beautiful in the Woodworking Shop, practice your bank shots in the Billiards Room, or share a short story with the creative writing group. If you can’t find a club or group that specializes in your new hobby, our team members would be happy to help you start a new one. We recognize the value of learning at an older age. We welcome the vitality and inspiration of our residents, and we’ll do anything we can to cultivate it.

If you’d like to know more about the lifestyle at Lake Seminole Square or the different ways we promote lifelong learning for our residents, let us know. A friendly member of our team would be happy to answer your questions and provide additional information.