Never too late to learn

Are you doing your brain an injustice too? As we get older, we become set in our ways and more sedentary along the way. We gravitate to a secure, comfortable way of living in our daily life. This also tends to lead us to isolation and loneliness at times. The result is a decline in both social interactions as well as decreased mental stimulation. There are a couple of components essential to brain health: physical exercise, cognitive exercise, and social engagement. This cognitive decline significantly increases the risk of dementia.

One of the main questions we get from seniors when they ask about education is that they wonder if it is not too late to start studying again. They wonder if it has a purpose at all to begin studying again. We always tell them this. The human brain is an excellent piece of material that lives inside your head. It has the capability to store information and control your emotions, behavior, and physical activities. Now when we get older, our body simply gets older too, this comes with some physical issues and problems, but this does not mean your brain gets old also. Your brain can, when not used to their capabilities, become inactive. An inactive brain happens when we retire from work when we don’t have to do difficult tasks daily; therefore, no social interactions anymore and start to live a sedentary life. An inactive brain is typical in a human’s life as we get older. But this does not mean it stops working or cannot be used like we did before when we used to be managers of hotels, builders on-site, or chefs in a restaurant.

Your brain can be trained to be active again. There are a few ways to stimulate that. A few simple ways to improve brain stimulation is to play sudoku on a daily basis or using your other hand for the day. When you’re a right-handed person, eat with the right, write with the right, change it up for the day. This will stimulate the brain. It has to think about what it is doing and how to move this other hand. Another way of stimulating the brain is physical exercise. As we grow older, we become set in our ways and more sedentary, and as mentioned before, we gravitate to a secure, comfortable life. 

Another way to stimulate the brain is to feed it with information. See your brain as a plant. A beautiful plant that you got from a friend and has been standing in the living room for a while now. That plant needs a couple of ingredients to be able to grow tall and one day into a colorful flower. These ingredients are water and sunlight. When these ingredients are not supplied to the flower, it will stop growing. This is an easy example of what happens to your brain too. Your brain needs a couple of ingredients to be able to grow and stay active. Your brain has the ability to absorb as much information as you.

Online education for seniors is now more accessible than ever. The only thing you will need to have is access to a computer or laptop. The benefits of online education are that it is online. This means that you don’t have to travel to a classroom or college. This will not only save you lots of time but also money on petrol or public transport. One benefit of online education is also that you can study on your schedule. You will need to be online for a certain amount a day or week to learn and practice, but this can be done whenever you like. No getting up early to make it to the first class, not waking up early to catch the bus or driving to college, but getting out of bed when you like. Seniors with mobility limitations are likely to appreciate the ease of accessibility that allows them to attain degrees and courses, by merely logging on from their computer at home. Additionally, many seniors prefer not to drive at night, which makes online learning the perfect opportunity.

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Nancy G.

Former head of accounting at a tax consultancy firm, loves to spend time with her grandchildren and husband. Also a dog lover.

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