What Are The Ways We Can Learn As We Grow Older
My mom always told me that she learned from everyone as she grew older and that included learning from her children! She was always progressive in her thinking and open to new ways of thinking as she navigated through her life. My dad was always interested in learning as he grew older too — enrolling in his first computer class at age 86!
I’m a Board Member of Skyline Village Chicago, a virtual community in downtown Chicago, that was created to allow members’ to connect with each other socially, educationally and culturally. Life long learning is a concept that I hear from older people from all over the country. Let’s explore some of these options.
7 Options For Lifelong Learning
The Kiplinger Letter expounds upon the various ways to grow older with gusto by opening the doors of our imagination. The first option is enrolling in a course at a local university or online. Most universities have what they call “Life Long Learning” Programs geared for those over 50 years old.
The second option for those in the age range of 60-65 is the ability to enroll in a college course without paying tuition if there is space in the class! Check out the website for the university to get specific facts about their opportunities.
Older people may qualify for financial aid – who knew(not me!) that there are no age barriers on Federal loan programs. A common sense strategy Kiplinger mentions is stretching out the payments as long as possible.
Tax breaks may be available for Lifetime Learning Credit for up to $2,000 yearly. This could cover books, tuition and supplies — only if your adjusted gross income is less than $65,000 for a single person or $130,000 for a couple.
Olli represents Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. This is a program that you sign up for in Chicago which has a small membership fee and provides you access to a smattering of courses ranging from art history to how to use your smartphone! There are programs like this elsewhere in the country so take a peek on your computer or smart phone.
Make the computer and its access to the online community your friendly guide. Browse through videos, listen to pod casts, UTube and try out Lynda.com. Your library card may provide you access to that resource.
Travel if you can. It’s the best way to learn and it’s a fun way to become educated about the world. Uiversities, Museums and Not For Profit groups offer interesting travel itineraries. My parents’ always took us on the road and it was the only excuse, except for illness to skip a day or so of school! Happy trails to all and a safe, happy, & healthy New Year!