Just because the last time you stepped foot inside a classroom was over 40 years ago does not mean you’re too old to pick up a new skill. Taking the time to actively pursue a new learning opportunity helps create a more well-rounded and meaningful life at any age. For older adults, however, it’s even more important to take advantage of every chance you can to keep your minds active. Studies show that engaging in learning opportunities can have tremendous physical and brain health benefits as we age, in addition to the mental and emotional health benefits gained by social interaction in a classroom setting.
October 22 is "Smart is Cool Day," and it’s an ideal time to give your brain a workout learning something new. Enroll in that language class you always wanted to take. Pick up a new hobby, or maybe learn more about an old favorite activity. Whatever you decide, make a commitment to keep learning new things every day, and you will feel, and think, better than ever before.
If you’re at a loss for where to begin, here are three great brain fitness-boosting ideas that can help get you started.