This is a guest post by Samantha Gray.
Dementia—it’s one of the most feared diseases senior citizens think they may contract one day. While there are different factors that determine whether one will get dementia or not, a good way to help prevent it is to keep you mind active and strong. Thankfully there are tons of resources and opportunities around to encourage seniors to become” lifelong learners.”
For a few examples on how you can continue learning even when your college years are long gone behind you, continue reading below.
Enroll in Non-Credit Courses
Enroll yourself in courses that deal with subjects that have always interested you—perhaps a foreign language course or history course. Looking through a community college course catalogue is always a great start. If you don’t have the money to enroll officially, you can also try auditing a course or enrolling in a free online class at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University or Utah State just to name a few.
Join a Meet Up Group
For a small fee Meetup.com allows you and other people in your area who have similar interests to get together and “meet up” on a weekly basis. Whatever “meet up” group you join or create is your fancy, but most are centered on education. For example, some meet up groups are designed to help English-speakers who learned a foreign language in high school or college practice conversational skills with native speakers that live in their city. Some meet up groups are focused on politics. The possibilities are pretty much endless, especially because you can create your own group. And it’s a great way to meet new people.
Join/ Create a Book Club
Lastly, you can help keep your mind sharp by joining or creating a book club. The power of reading is phenomenal. You can either join a book club that reads “anything” so that you can get a good variety in, or you can join a book club that has a specific niche. For example, some book clubs only focus on reading the “classics,” autobiographies, or New York Times Best Sellers. Whatever the case, you’re sure to learn a lot of fascinating new material and might even improve your writing and language skills. The books you read can also serve as good conversation starters.
Author Bio: Samantha Gray freelances by day and tutors high school and college students in her spare time. Samantha enjoys giving readers advice about the ins and outs of getting your bachelor’s degree online. She welcomes questions and feedback at email@example.com
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