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Adventures in Learning: Continuing Education with Age

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Senior citizens can still pursue education well into their golden years, especially in California, where the opportunities for education are boundless. Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of in-home senior care in Placer County, has some information on why continued learning is important for aging adults, where they can take classes, and how to get the help they need to participate in educational social activities.

Benefits of Learning

Learning new things is of extreme benefit to aging adults mentally, physically, emotionally and socially. Keeping our brain as active and involved as possible keeps us sharp, improves physical health, gives reasons to enthusiastically look forward to activities, and encourages important social interaction with others.

Where to Take Classes

There are several places that Placer County residentsage 60 years of age and older can take fun, interesting and meaningful classes. Part of the beauty of late in life education is that now seniors are able to take classes that are of genuine interest to them without the need for their learning to contribute to career goals.

There is education for health, nutrition, and personal enrichment as well as guidance, counseling and follow-up for health and personal problems. There are lectures, plays, musicals, and field trips. You can find classes in painting, ceramics, crafts, bridge, and other subjects. You can attend a computer class in a local community center to understand the features and functions of a computer. The opportunities are seemingly endless.

Here are some locations for senior-friendly classes:

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sierra College Community Education offers free classes geared towards seniors age 55 or older, although all are welcome.
  • The Placer School for Adults and the Roseville Adult School both offer college-level course for adults of all ages.

How to Get Help

The caring and highly skilled staff at Placer County Home Care Assistance believes in encouraging the seniors that we work with to maintain independence, dignity, social activities and purposeful living for as long as possible; and we strongly believe that continued learning – whether it’s reading at home or taking a class at a local school for seniors – can help maintain quality of life. If you would like information on how a Placer County caregiver could help you or an aging loved both in and outside of home, call 916.226.3737.