Back-to-School Health Benefits of Life-Long Learning

senior woman working at her desk Did you know that the learning process is good for your mind, body, and spirit? According to research published by Cambridge University Press, implementing life-long learning strategies promotes mental health, emotional well-being, and healthy aging. Seniors can be life-long learners at every ability level! The following are some ways that caregivers can help seniors integrate adventure and learning into their everyday routine.

Foster curiosity.

woman working on a laptop Being curious about the world around you is the first step to learning. Caregivers can help seniors foster imagination, creativity, and curiosity by asking questions or helping seniors utilize technology to discover and access information.

Take a class online at a world-class university.

Many universities offer continuing education programs for seniors on a variety of subjects. For example, Harvard University provides courses for retired professionals to share their expertise with others and learn from others. Learn more at

Get connected at your local senior center.

senior woman with flowers Did you know that you can take classes at your local senior center? Dickinson Hall in Lake Forest offers various classes for seniors, from learning Spanish, wine-tasting, cooking classes, and watercolor painting. Be inspired and connect with others by signing up for a class today! To sign up for an upcoming class, visit their website.

Take a class at your local community college.

Did you know that qualifying seniors age 65 and older can take free courses at your local community college? Seniors can attend local classes of interest from history to ceramic making. Caregivers can attend classes with seniors and assist with transportation needs and mobility. Learn more about tuition waivers at City Colleges of Chicago.

Teach a skill to the next generation.

Grandfather and grandson on boat Sharing your expertise with the next generation is so important! Seniors can make a difference by volunteering to teach a class at their local high schools, offer a lecture at local colleges, or teach a craft at a local makers mart.


Narushima, M., Liu, J., & Diestelkamp, N. (2018). Lifelong learning in active ageing discourse: its conserving effect on wellbeing, health and vulnerability. Ageing & Society, 38(4), 651-675.