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Lifelong Learning: Can It Benefit Your Health?

Recent literature reveals that mature adults are no longer content to own a home in a beachfront community or on a golf course.  Rather, they are seeking vital communities, often in close proximities to universities, where intellectual, cultural, and socialization opportunities abound. Interesting courses are being offered throughout the country at various institutions such as the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Eastern Illinois University.  If accessibility is problematic, Senior Learning Network utilizes the art of videoconferencing to offer learning opportunities to older adults.
Are there any advantages to this recent shift?  There is growing evidence that there is indeed a direct correlation between engagement and positive health outcomes in the physical and psychosocial health of older adults.  In particular, individuals who take advantage of learning opportunities benefit in a myriad of ways:
  • Enhancement of self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Sense of accomplishing a new skill, task, or knowledge base
  • Improvement of memory
  • Increase in social opportunities with like-minded individuals
  • Opportunities to learn new skills, usually at very little cost
  • Ability to share new-found knowledge with others
  • Ability to apply newly-attained skills to help oneself and others
  • Enhancement of previous skills
If you are a program director of a lifelong learning program, you are well aware that designing and sustaining a high quality program can present a variety of challenges that must be addressed.  Consider attending the Midwest Lifelong Learning Conference April 16th-18th to learn more.

2 Comments to Lifelong Learning: Can It Benefit Your Health?:

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Madison on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:55 AM
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Marita on Friday, December 12, 2014 4:32 PM
I may have to quote you - this is a very succinct article. Keep them coming, Susan :)
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