The Benefits of Learning in Later Life

Learning may seem intimidating later in life, particularly if you are not an expert at using computers, tablets, or the Internet in general. However, there are many benefits to learning in your senior years, particularly if you are still in work, thinking about returning to work or are considering starting your own business.

Learning Improves Brain Function

A study showed that 60 to 90 year olds had improved cognitive abilities when learning challenging tasks so, the more you learn, the more effective you will become at picking up other new things. Other studies have shown that learning can improve overall mental health; learners of the average age of 80 were less likely to develop brain-related illnesses such as dementia. In short, you are exercising your brain, keeping it healthy as you get older.

Technology has Improved

Access to learning has never been easier thanks to the Internet. Online learning is particularly beneficial to seniors, as you are given the tools you need to work at your own pace and can ask for help whenever you need it. Technology is becoming more sophisticated but don’t worry if you are not an expert; there is technology tailored specifically to seniors to make things easier. Don’t be afraid to ask friends or family members for help if you find it difficult to navigate technology.

Becoming an Entrepreneur

Retired professionals may want to keep training, in the event they wish to take up work again. You may even be thinking of going into business yourself after a job loss or retirement. There are various online courses in business and you will also be able to find industry-related training online by conducting a quick search. The number of over-50s starting a new business has been on the increase and the rise in Internet usage means that many of these begin online.

Learning is Fun

One of the best parts of retiring is the freedom to spend your time doing what you love. Have you always wanted to speak a second language or learn about working in another industry? Now is the time to do so. There are no longer young children to think about or work commitments to prioritize and the Internet provides so many opportunities to learn. You can even meet fellow students online and become part of a new community. 

About the Author: Jess Walter is a freelance writer and mother. She loves the freedom that comes with freelance life and the additional time it means she gets to spend with her family and pets.