Free Gift Membership to “Learning to Earn” see below.
If you’re approaching retirement age and wondering what you can do to enjoy a long and healthy life in your golden years then consider adopting the attitude of a lifelong learner. Most people think of lifelong learning as being confined to academic endeavors however the lifelong learning approach covers all areas of life including spiritual, social, academic and physical.
Lifelong learning is based on an attitude of constantly growing and evolving in various areas of your life. The old saying that whenever anything is not growing it is decaying could be just as true for us as humans. No matter what a person’s age there are great benefits to be gained by challenging yourself in the different areas of your life, physical, mental and self-deveopment.
Physical challenges must be appropriate for your level of fitness, but regular exercise of some kind will leep your body healthier and your brain healthier too. Mental challenges do not have to be academic study, they can be a new hobby or interest, a new caring or chrity venture, more involvement with family. The most growth in personal development will come when you take on something that is currently outside your comfort zone (nasty words those, aren’t they? How we love to stay in our comfort zone, even when it isn’t all that comfortable really).
Lifelong learners live by the motto “you’re never too old to learn” and this attitude is a big part of the reason that people who approach life with this mindset are seen to perhaps live longer but definitely enjoy a better quality of life – is the so-called law of nature known as the “use it or lose it” true?
It does seem to be the case that those who are considerably inactive develop mobility problems as they age, whereas those who are quite active do not develop these mobility problems. A similar effect takes place with anyone who takes no part in any mentally challenging activity or pursuit. After years of mental inactivity you lose the mental abilities and clarity that you once had and when old age approaches the effects of not giving your brain the stimulation required to grow becomes more evident.
The Good News
The good news is that no matter what your age you can adopt the lifelong learner attitude and reap the benefits in any number of ways such as:
- Improved self-confidence
- Improved dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination
- Learn new skills
- Improve memory
- Improve and maintain social skills
- Overcome social isolation
- Improve physical, mental, and emotional health
- Improved outlook on life
When deciding to start on a course of study or activity a good starting point is to think about the things you might enjoy doing or learning. For physical activities many gyms have fitness programs not only for young people but also senior programs as well. Another fun activity is Tai Chi which is very popular with many seniors as it helps to calm the mind and also improves breathing.
Some hobbies that are popular include painting, craft making, flower arranging, pottery and wood carving with all of these being relatively inexpensive and easy to learn. When is comes to a course of study it is mostly an individual choice weather to participate in an adult learning program through a local community center or to do an extensive study program through a college. Since my own interset is in most things to do with computers, listed below are a couple of good links for PC and software training, mostly text with good graphics to illustrate points. You can find heaps more with a google search.
- Free online tutorials, Windows, Office, some basic, some not, at http://www.baycongroup.com/tutorials.htm
- Learning computer – Windows (inc Windows 7), Office, Firefox, Java, ebay at http://www.learningcomputer.com/
- Free training in the different functions of Excel, Word, Powerpoint at http://www.free-training-tutorial.com/ (select the links on the left & choose topics from the top – there are ads on this site, but that’s why they offer the training free.) There are also maths games here.
- If you want to make your own training videos, you can use the free Cam Studio – get it here: http://camstudio.org/
For those interested in learning to earn some income from the internet, there are hundreds of free training packages out there. Be aware, that they will nearly all require you to subscribe, give your email address and possible your name to receive these. This gives the provider the opportunity to offer to sell you something, either at the time or later, you will always have a link at the bottom of such emails that lets you “unsubscribe” by clicking on the link.
Today I am offering a gift membership to the site “Learning to Earn Online” if you’d like to have a look at it, click on the graphic to the left.
There are plenty of different courses, Windows XP, Vista, Word, Website builder, graphic design, product creation, traffic, adwords, clickbank, niche marketing testing and tracking, video marketing and many, many more.
Also some video series for How to Sell on eBay, CPA for Newbies, Free Traffic for new Marketers, How to Get Started online & a (Windows) Publisher 2007 video course.
In addition, there are downloadable ebooks on different topics and heaps of articles.
The site has been going for a while; I used some of the material myself earlier on.
You have a choice of reading online, reading offline or having the lessons delivered to you regularly by email.
Regardless of your individual choices the important thing is to be involved in a number of physical, social, spiritual, or academic activities and approach these with the right attitude. By adopting the lifelong learner approach to life you will not only extend your life but reap the benefits of a quality of life that most people your age could only dream of.