Learning new skills and studying a new hobby or interest helps keep the mind active and potentially keep Alzheimer's and other memory issues at bay. Whether you want to learn how to speak a new language or learn how to code a website, you're never too old. Consider some of the reasons it's possible to learn new skills when you're older, right from the comfort of your assisted living apartment.
When you're very young, it's often difficult to figure out exactly what you want out of life and what you hope to accomplish during your educational journey. As a senior adult, you'll likely choose a course you are truly interested in and want to do rather than a class you've been told you have to do. This increased clarity means you are more likely to succeed in your studies.
Because you know exactly what you want, it's easier to be disciplined and committed to finishing and succeeding at a class, whether you're learning a new language or mastering a new hobby. This increased discipline also means you tend to learn much easier than your younger counterparts.
Young college students are less likely to understand the value of time as a senior adult is. Your time management skills will be far better than someone just starting out, increasing your ability to integrate new learning into your life.
Seniors and adults who go back to college tend to already have the respect of their college peers. Your family and friends are also likely to realize the importance of your self-development and will support you in your educational goals.
If you don't want to travel back and forth to a college campus or you don't want to sit in a classroom with younger students, you can take online classes and succeed at your own pace and within your own assisted living apartment. Self-paced classes also mean you can plan your classes around an existing schedule. Plus, many colleges — including Stanford — offer free online classes that you can take simply because you're curious.
Regardless of your age, you are never too old to learn something new. From a new hobby to gaining a college degree online, there are plenty of resources available to help you achieve your goals. At Bethesda Gardens in Frisco, TX, we offer free Wi-Fi internet to make it easy to access classes and research materials online.