It’s never too late in life to learn something new. Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect and poet Michelangelo, at age 87, said, “I am still learning.” So there must be something to it!

Research has shown that it’s not only your body that needs exercise to stay fit — your brain needs a workout, too. Activities like reading, playing a musical instrument, learning a new language, playing bridge and other cognitively stimulating exercises have been associated with a slower rate of mental decline.

One of the best ways to stay mentally sharp is to embrace a love for lifelong learning. According to the National Education Association there are many advantages of lifelong learning for retirees, including the opportunity to:

• Pursue your passions. You’re no longer trying to complete a degree or fulfill educational requirements, so you can pursue areas that speak to your passions or explore a subject just for the fun of it.

• Take your time. A common concern of retired individuals is having so much free time and wondering how to keep busy. Immersing yourself in courses of study that really interest you can make the hours sail by.

• Keep your mental edge. Learning and studying works your brain just like a treadmill works your legs and lungs.

• Stay socially engaged. It’s easy to become isolated after you retire but enrolling in a class or workshop can open up new social connections, which sociologists have found can increase happiness along with physical and emotional health.

A retirement community that promotes active aging is a great resource for the learning opportunities that keep the mind engaged and fit! Wesley Woods of Newnan is a vibrant retirement community, offering an energetic lifestyle in an elegant Southern setting. We invite you to learn more about us and the full complement of activities we offer to nourish the mind, along with body and soul!

Wesley Woods of Newnan is a senior living community on 54 acres offering independent apartments and cottages, personal care, memory care and nursing care – all on one campus.

The address is 2280 Highway 29 North, Newnan GA 30265. For more information, call 770-683-6833 or visit www.wesleywoodsnewnan.org.

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