Whether old or young, learning new things is an important process for everyone. But unlike other ages, aging adults who move into a retirement community like Discovery Village at Sarasota Bay have more time to learn new things as they live a maintenance-free life. Lifelong learning can help aging adults improve their overall well-being and help them age well by helping them find new purpose and fulfillment.
Lifelong learning is an effective strategy that aging adults can use to keep their minds engaged and enjoy a more fulfilling retirement. Engaging in brain-stimulating exercises can help aging adults live a more healthy, active lifestyle.
It Improves Cognitive Function
Many aging adults experience cognitive decline and develop chronic memory diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease as they go through retirement. Continuous learning throughout one’s life is a great way to maintain an active lifestyle and protect one’s brain. Engaging in brain-stimulating activities such as learning a new language or skill can help to curb mental health and cognitive decline.
Engaging your brain will help to improve memory and stop the development of diseases like dementia. Stimulating your brain regularly is a great way for the brain to achieve high levels of neuroplasticity—a new connection between neurons and the generation of new brain cells.
It Helps You Live a Fulfilling Lifestyle
The ability to learn new things can help aging adults live a fulfilling lifestyle with accomplishments they can be proud of. This can be achieved with lifelong learning opportunities provided by independent senior living communities in Florida. Learning new skills gives you a fulfilling accomplishment to look forward to and keeps you creative and curious.
May Lengthen Your Lifespan
Even though it seems unbelievable, learning can help to enhance longevity. This is true because education can help to reduce psychological disorders that can reduce one’s life span such as depression and anxiety. Participating in brain stimulating activities in the process of learning can curb chronic disease like stroke, hypertension, heart disease, and others.
Note: learning won’t cure these diseases, it will only help curb their development or reduce their impact.
Improves Your Mental Health
Engaging in educational activities such as reading can help to reduce stress and improve quality of life. Continuous learning can help to improve your mental health by:
- Enhancing cardiovascular health
- Lower blood pressure
- A lower level of depression
- Boost immune system
Helps Your Social Life
Group learning is a good way to alleviate isolation and feelings of loneliness among aging adults. Participating in a learning activity with people of similar interests and focus can enhance engagement. This gives room for social communication and making of friends. The following are group activities you can participate:
- Book clubs
- … and many others
Discovery Village at Sarasota Bay offers several recreational and educational programs for residents of the community. Our living options include assisted living, independent living, and memory care. For more information about our senior living programs, feel free to call us on 941.257.0929.