Why Learning New Things in Retirement is Good for You

October 18, 2021 / Senior Living Community
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Retirement is often referred to as our "golden years," and for good reason. While age can bring unique health challenges, this period of life can also open up new opportunities to enrich our lives. One of these opportunities is the time to invest in pursuing new hobbies and learning new things.  

Whether it's taking music lessons or getting into gardening, the ability to learn new things is not only exciting and fun, it can also help keep us healthy. Discover three ways that learning new things can help you enjoy a happier, healthier retirement.

3 Ways Learning New Things Can Boost Your Wellness

#1: Improve Cognition

As we age, cognitive decline may become an increasingly concerning health risk. Strengthening your brain may be able to help avoid cognitive decline. Like any muscle, the brain needs to work in new ways to stay fit. One of the best ways to exercise our brain is through learning new things. This allows the brain to continue working through unique and interesting challenges. 

The Alzheimer's Association suggests that lifelong learning, such as classroom education or teaching related to a new skill or hobby, may be able to help protect our brains from dementia.  

#2: Build Social Connections

Isolation is a serious health risk for older adults. Learning new skills is an excellent way to make new friends and strengthen connections to your community. Taking classes to learn new skills creates an environment that naturally fosters new friendships and connections. These relationships help combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.

#3: Stronger Mental Health

Learning something may be able to help improve your mental health and wellbeing as well. Acquiring a new skill or learning something new can boost your self-confidence and provide a meaningful experience, which can both help improve happiness.  

Learning something new is a fun way to invest in your health while enjoying yourself in retirement. From quilting to beekeeping, there are endless activities and hobbies to explore, especially when you live in a senior living community. These communities offer the chance to explore activities, stay social, and constantly stay active. Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more.


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