Lifelong learning in your retirement years can have a significant impact on your overall health and wellness. It can also take many forms, like discovering a new skill, attending an educational course on a topic of interest, or simply reading a book. Here’s a closer look at the benefits of lifelong learning and how older adults can optimize their health by keeping their mind active.
Learning boosts brain health
Research shows that when you stimulate the mind it fosters a healthy brain. When older adults pursue mentally challenging activities and hobbies, like learning a new language, playing an instrument, or even doing puzzles, it can help boost memory, increase mental alertness, and slow the rate of age-related cognitive decline.
At The Reserve, our community offers a variety of opportunities to learn new things. Residents have access to a full calendar of activities and events, such as poker night, book clubs, and educational seminars, theater outings and more. Whether it’s pursuing old interests or exploring a new hobby, there’s truly something for everyone at The Reserve of Geneva!
Learning encourages social connections
Often, learning something new goes hand-in-hand with social engagement. Whether it’s playing cards with neighbors, taking a group art class, or joining a reading club, these types of activities connect you with other active adults who share your interests. Staying connected with other people in retirement can also help prevent feelings of isolation or loneliness. Many of our residents have created strong friendships through shared hobbies and interests.
Learning improves physical wellness
Learning a new physical activity or sport can have a positive impact on your health and wellness. When you’re physically active you can improve heart health, lower blood pressure, and reduce pain. Try yoga (The Reserve offers a FREE weekly gentle yoga class that is open to the public), walk with friends on one of Geneva’s many trails, or take a workout class in our fully equipped fitness center. When older adults incorporate exercise into their regular routines, they notice significant benefits to their energy levels and mood.
Learning increases self-esteem
Taking the time to learn a new skill is a great way to improve your confidence. Start by setting small, achievable goals that motivate you to learn and grow. For instance, if you paint or draw, you can challenge yourself to participate in a local art show. Or if you love to read, set a goal to finish a certain number of books in a month. You’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment when you reach your milestones, which can strengthen your self-confidence overall.
Start Learning Now at The Reserve of Geneva
One of the best parts of living in an active, 55+ maintenance-free community is that you have the time to learn and explore whatever your heart desires. At The Reserve, every day is a new opportunity to learn and thrive. We are committed to providing our active residents with social and educational programs that span a variety of interests and opportunities so that they can engage their minds and bodies in a healthy way.