In a recent blog post, I wrote about being a life-long learner. I received a few comments from friends who are not in our demographic but also indicate they are life-long learners. I think we would all agree, that learning knows no age boundary and the fun of constant learning, I feel, is to continually learn new stuff and keep up on what’s out there.
The following information was obtained from the About.com website on Senior Living… This information uses a threshold demographic age of 50. Yikes, that seems too young to think of in terms of Senior Living!
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, almost half of the adult population in the United States (43 percent for men, 49 percent for women) are enrolled in some form of lifelong learning.
What is Lifelong Learning?
Lifelong learning is the process of keeping your mind and body engaged—at any age—by actively pursuing knowledge and experience.
While many companies encourage lifelong learning in their employees to keep their skills up-to-date, you don’t need a job to enjoy lifelong learning. In fact, learning something just for fun can be a more rewarding experience.
The Benefits of Lifelong Learning for Adults 50-plus
The pursuit of knowledge through lifelong learning—whether it’s learning how to dance, speak a foreign language, write a newsletter, improve your golf swing, or repair your car—has wonderful benefits for adults 50-plus:
- Keeps your mind sharp
- Improves memory
- Increases self-confidence
- Offers an inexpensive way to try something new
- Saves money as you learn to “do it yourself”
- Gives you a feeling of accomplishment
- Helps you meet people who share your interests
- Builds on skills you already have
- Offers an opportunity to learn a new skill or trade and increase your income
- Gives you a new interest that you can share with family and friends
If you’re a life-long learner, what does that mean to you and why do you continue to learn new things?