Benefits of Pursuing Hobbies in Your Golden Years

The Importance of Lifelong Learning As You Age

Getting older doesn’t mean that you lose your ability to learn new things. In fact, learning is encouraged in the senior years as it is an important way to keep the mind and body active and healthy.

At Vista Grande Villa, we provide the resources and support that seniors need to learn and develop new skills, no matter what their interests. Here’s a closer look at the benefits of lifelong learning for older adults.

Supports brain health.

The brain is like a muscle that needs to be exercised regularly to stay healthy and strong. For seniors, this means prioritizing brain health by taking on new hobbies, acquiring new skills and absorbing new information as much as possible. Research shows that lifelong learners are less likely to experience dementia or other age-related memory issues later in life because they’re constantly challenging and exercising their brains.

Encourages physical activity.

Learning something new doesn’t mean you have to sit in a class or study at a desk for hours. Instead, acquiring new skills can be a great way to add some physical activity into your day. For instance, go on a nature hike and identify different types of birds or trees. Or take a ballroom dancing class with friends and spend time practicing the different dance moves together. By staying active while you engage your mind, you’ll improve both your mental and physical health.

Expands your social circle.

An important benefit of lifelong learning is the opportunity to meet other seniors who share your same interests. Whether it’s a book club, a chess tournament, or an educational seminar on your favorite topic, learning new things in a group setting can help older adults improve their sense of connectivity and belonging in in their community while staying sharp.

Boosts mood.

Another important benefit of lifelong learning is the positive impact it has on self-esteem. Discovering a new hobby or mastering a new skill set can give seniors a sense of accomplishment and confidence to keep them healthy and happy. Similarly, when you learn with others and feel connected, it can help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Ideas for Learning

Lifelong learning doesn’t have to be difficult or strenuous. It can be fun and something seniors look forward to. Ideas include:

  • Developing a new skill such a cooking, painting, or sewing.
  • Learning to speak a new language or how to play an instrument.
  • Trying a new sport or activity, such as Yoga, dancing, or pickle ball.
  • Watching documentaries on new topics that interest you.
  • Learning to use new technology like video chat and tablet devices.

Continue Learning and Growing at Vista Grande Villa

At VGV, every day is a new opportunity for residents to learn and thrive. We make it easy for seniors to develop a new skill or take up a new hobby by offering a variety of opportunities and activities throughout each month.

To learn more about the lifestyle at Vista Grande Villa or the various ways we promote lifelong learning for residents, contact us today.

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