Seattle, WA (PRWEB) July 30, 2012
With fall rapidly approaching, thoughts turn to the beginning of the school year for students of all ages. While many are children and young adults hoping to start down the long road of fashioning a lifetime interest or career, an ever-increasing number of older, non-traditional students are taking advantage of educational programs, sometimes for their own edification. Bayview Retirement Community, a senior living Seattle center, has taken this a step further by offering many educational opportunities for its residents.
Classes in writing, literature, computer operation and music are a few examples of programs offered by Bayview and are more than just ways to keep seniors busy. There are several important effects that these programs have on their residents and are therefore an important part of maintaining the high level of care seniors deserve.
The simple and most obvious reason to make these educational opportunities available to seniors is to maintain the health of the brain. Learning new things throughout life can play a vital role in keeping one’s mental acuity. Some researchers hail the plasticity of the brain, or ability to learn new things, as being the best way to promote mental health, sometimes even reducing the effects of certain diseases.
Classes and seminars in retirement communities can help to keep seniors socially active. Group learning and discussions are some of the best ways to keep aging minds active. For seniors that do not take up residence in a quality retirement community, loneliness and isolation can be very damaging to their health and well-being.
Curiosity with a New Perspective
In some philosophical circles, intellectual curiosity is what keeps us all taking that next breath. Sometimes, however, we may want to learn things at certain times of our lives, but lack the proper perspective for success. Wisdom and patience, commonly associated with growing older, can usually make all the difference, allowing one to learn something they have been trying to learn their whole life.
Innovative technologies can be intimidating for many seniors. New ways to communicate with friends and loved ones makes achieving a certain level of proficiency with new gadgets a must. Helping seniors learn to navigate popular electronic media services can help to keep them relevant and active in today’s ever evolving technological landscape. The confidence and health benefits this incurs are immeasurable.