New Skills Equals Sharper Brain: 6 Ideas for Online Learning

e-learning-300x181By guest blogger Karen Weeks 

Older people who want to live a long, interesting life make it a point to never stop learning. Keeping your mind sharp and participating in a variety of activities is a great boredom buster and gives you a reason to get up each morning.

Are you a senior looking for some ideas to learn new skills? Maybe you want to learn something with a group of friends. Well, one way to learn new things is by getting online. Read on for information on how to acquire some amazing new talents!

Seniors Who Code

Learning to code is a task that everyone living in the 21st century should think about trying. Coding is a way to provide computers with the directions required to accomplish a specific task. Computers aren’t smart. The people that program them are the real brains of the operation! People who learn to “speak” the language of computers can create apps, video games, websites, and more. Seniors who master computer coding may eventually start their own business to make a little extra money or begin a second career.

Speak a Foreign Language

Nowadays, if you want to learn another language, the options online are endless. Forget about those high school Spanish classes where the teacher endlessly drilled you in vocabulary and verb conjugation. Besides, most of the time, you immediately forgot everything you learned in high school foreign language classes. But the internet allows you to learn a new language in a fun, interactive manner. You’re more likely to retain your language skills, too. Online language classes allow you to learn through audio, video, and text. You can even use voice chat to speak with native speakers living on the other side of the world.

Become an Author

You know you’ve harbored secret dreams of being the next Stephen King, Danielle Steele, or J. K. Rowling.  Not many people know this, but you even have a few short stories squirreled away in the top drawer of your nightstand. But did you know that by taking some writing classes, you can improve your chances of getting published? And you don’t have to go to a community college to take some creative writing courses. You can find writing classes online!

Make Some Music

Maybe you never had the chance to learn a musical instrument, and you don’t feel like driving anywhere to take lessons. Thanks to the internet, you can learn to play an instrument while wearing your pajamas. Find the best online guitar lessons, and you’ll learn to play guitar at your own pace. Get ukulele lessons online all from the comfort of your home. It doesn’t matter if you want to play the violin, the clarinet, or anything in between. There’s a good chance you can find lessons online.

Learn to Knit

Admit it. You’ve always envied those people who can create cute scarves and hats just by using a ball of yarn and two knitting needles. Maybe you’d love to make a warm, snuggly blanket for your granddaughter’s new baby. Fortunately, it’s possible to learn knitting just by finding tutorials online.

Dance Your Cares Away

Maybe you have two left feet. But that shouldn’t stop you from taking some dance lessons from the comfort of your own home. Stream some dance tutorials and learn ballroom, ballet, tap, or flamenco. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try some belly dancing or hip hop. Don’t worry if you feel like a flapping chicken. Since you’re at home, the only one who will see you is your dog, and he’s not going to tell anyone!

Just because you’re no longer a kid doesn’t mean you stop learning. Make every day an adventure by striving to learn something new. You’ll expand your horizons, exercise your brain, build self-esteem, and possibly start a new career. Just log on to the internet and explore an endless variety of learning opportunities.

(Karen Weeks learned how to publish her own web site elderwellness.net)

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