How to Further Your Education in Retirement Living

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 24 January 2013

Never stop learning: it’s a surefire way to maintain brain and body health well into -- and beyond -- your retirement years.Never stop learning: it’s a surefire way to maintain brain and body health well into — and beyond — your retirement years. Henry Ford said, “Anyone who keeps learning stays young,” and this MarketWatch article in the Wall Street Journal speaks to six ways that seniors can keep learning in retirement.

Writer Jack Tatar, who authored the book Safe 4 Retirement: The Four Keys to a Safe Retirement, offers the following strategies:

  1. Take a class or read a new genre of literature. Do you normally reach for fiction? Check out a mystery novel or maybe a biography.
  2. Turn off the TV — unless it’s an educational program. The Science Channel show “How It’s Made” offers a glimpse into the factories and workshops of the world where many of the items we use everyday are produced. It’s a fascinating (and positive) learning opportunity.
  3. Commit to learning something new every day. We’re not talking about algebra, unless that’s your interest or passion. It could be something as simple as learning to use an iPad or learning to bake bread from scratch.
  4. Meet new people, especially those who may have different views than you. Variety is the spice of life, and you’ll keep your mind sharp by having your opinions of the world challenged.


(Read the rest in the article.)

Many of today’s independent living communities, retirement homes and even assisted living facilities offer opportunities for residents to engage in lifelong learning. It’s a subject we’ve covered in depth on our site; check out some of these unique educational programs via this blog channel.


There are 2 Comments about this post

  1. All of us need nudges to overcome silly barriers we allow to fester. Thanks for your nudge. What will I do with the rest of my life begins now. Simply do something different. Challenge a part of your being as yet undiscovered. Perhaps our recent interview with Gay Hanna, the Executive Director of the National Center for Creative Aging can nudge people further too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkXmC-VRlO8


    on 25 January 2013 / 11:36 AM

  2. admin says,

    This is excellent, Gregory. Exactly what we all need to stay vibrant, curious, and enjoy the best in life. You know that feeling you get when you learn something new? It’s awesome and — yes — I want to feel it everyday! Thank for the insight. :)


    on 25 January 2013 / 11:59 AM


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