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My vision of living life to the fullest...
Transcript of My vision of living life to the fullest...
Learning is living.
George Bernard Shaw
"We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing."
Learning is the journey....
“Stay mentally active. Interact with others. Stay social.”
(Alliance for Aging Research)
“Individuals who are always learning something new about the world are making the most of the aging process”. (Harvard study of adult development)
“Novel and complex stimuli promote brain health. Your mind benefits from being challenged, from learning fresh information and skills, and from taking on pursuits that may initially be difficult”. (www.psychcentral.com)
In the effort to exercise and challenge aging minds, I propose the creation of a non-profit organization called “Learning for Life” for older adults and seniors, with the purpose of bringing together people from all walks of life who are passionate about teaching and learning.
In the unused classrooms of our nation, volunteer teachers (retired university, college and high school, along with other professionals) share their time, knowledge and expertise with older adults in an informal, non-credit setting in the evenings.
Subjects could range from the academic, such as literature, history, and languages to the more hands-on learning, such as photography, woodworking or cooking, depending on availability and interest in each local community.
This type of organization would not only be beneficial to personal growth and enrichment for all involved, it would also open doors to meeting new people with similar interests and expanding social networks, which tend to diminish as we age and we start losing family and friends.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
Creating life-long learners.
As of 2012, 1 in 5 Canadians were over the age of 65. (Statistics Canada)
“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”