Pursuing passions and interests that may have had to take a back seat during your working years is certainly one of the perks of retirement. Contrary to typical images of retirement involving relaxation and leisure, there is a marked increase in the number of seniors embracing a different path. One that involves ongoing education and learning.
Recent research shows that engaging in mental activities can have tremendous benefits for seniors. Continuing education not only keeps the mind sharp but also enhances memory retention and cognitive flexibility. Whether pursuing a new language, delving into history, or dabbling in the arts, the learning process stimulates brain function and fosters a sense of curiosity and wonder. This is the time when you can reinvent oneself and discover hidden talents, new interests, gain immense satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.
Education is no longer limited to the classroom or to a desk; it can be a highly social endeavour too. Participating in learning programmes, lectures, presentations, workshops, and outings, whether online or in the physical realm introduces seniors to like-minded people with shared interests. A sense of camaraderie can help combat feelings of isolation and loneliness which can be a challenge during retirement.
Settlers Park Retirement Village is host to several learning opportunities, including but not limited to the University of the Third Age, the Lower Albany Historical Society, and the Painting Circle. The library is another resource, as is the availability of Wi-Fi and the rollout of fibre in the months ahead. Facilities are also available for any start-up groups such as the Don Powis Hall, Glens Den Pub and Lapa, and the Hibiscus Room Restaurant where one can enjoy delicious refreshments at reasonable prices. The monthly newsletter, “Silver Threads” is a great way to find folks who may want to join you. Placing an advert involves no charge and can be easily arranged.
In closing, the journey of learning has no age limits and there is simply no time like the present to broaden one’s horizons!