How Senior Citizens Can Benefit from Learning New Things
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How Senior Citizens Can Benefit from Learning New Things

Continuing Education Helps People Live Longer, Better Lives

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but older people are a different story! Continuing your education as you age not only helps you live longer but remain healthier too. The benefits of learning for older people, which range from physical to financial, are detailed below.

The Head (1)

Learning:

  • Delays symptoms of Alzheimer’s
  • Offsets cognitive decline
  • Improves memory

1. https://hbr.org/2017/02/lifelong-learning-is-good-for-your-health-your-wallet-and-your-social-life

The Eyes (1)

Six minutes of reading can reduce stress by 68%

1. https://hbr.org/2012/08/for-those-who-want-to-lead-rea

The Nose (2)

Eight years of schooling reduces the number of sick-days by two each year

2. https://www.nber.org/digest/mar07/w12352.html

The Mouth (3)

Adult education improves verbal ability, memory, and fluency

3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3159532/

The Internal Organs (2)

Greater education correlates with lower rates of:

  • Heart conditions
  • Stroke hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Emphysema
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma attacks
  • Ulcers

2. https://www.nber.org/digest/mar07/w12352.html

The Heart (1)

One year of formal education can add half a year to a person’s life span

1. https://hbr.org/2017/02/lifelong-learning-is-good-for-your-health-your-wallet-and-your-social-life

The Hands (4)

Learning a musical instrument improves:

  • Memory
  • Verbal skills
  • Further education

4. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/1/140103-music-lessons-brain-aging-cognitive-neuroscience/

The Whole (5)

To be a lifelong learner is to be part of a community.

73% of adults in the US consider themselves lifelong learners

To learn, adults in the US:

  • Read educational material: 58%
  • Attend a meeting: 35%
  • Attend a conference: 30%
  • Take a course: 25%
  • Take an online course: 16%

5. https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2016/03/22/lifelong-learning-and-technology/

To learn more about continuing education for seniors, visit: https://www.onlinecollegeplan.com/online-degree-senior-citizens/

SOURCES

  1. https://www.hbr.org
  2. https://www.nber.org
  3. https://www.nih.gov
  4. https://www.nationalgeographic.com
  5. https://www.pewresearch.org