Many older people think that it’s too late to learn a new skill. But this is just simply not true. There is NO age limit to learning. When you try something new, you’re opening your world to endless new possibilities: new people, new places, and new activities.

Studies have even found that when seniors develop a new skill, such as learning a new language, playing an instrument, or conquering new technology, this helps strengthen the brain and ward off diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. These types of activities are more demanding cognitively, so they strengthen the connections between different parts of the brain. These activities are almost “workouts” for your brain and help improve concentration and focus.

Physical activities such as walking, yoga, golf and tennis can lead to better physical fitness, increased flexibility, and an exposure to nature. The National Institute of Health recommends that all adults should aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. It can be a struggle to work out and be active as you age, and our qualified care management team can help you find exercises and activities that work well for you.

For those who are very limited physically there are still activities that can help strengthen the mind and your care manager will be happy to help find the right fit. When dementia or cognitive processing is a struggle, helping the older adult to listen to music from their younger days often has an awakening effect for them. Some individuals who have become non-verbal will even start to sing along to the music.

Learning a new skill may involve going to a class or working one-on-one with an instructor, which can be a great opportunity for many seniors to stave off the effects of social isolation. Loneliness is a huge problem for many seniors, especially when they don’t have friends or family nearby, and learning a new skill can provide opportunities to connect with others who have similar passions.

It’s never too late to discover new talents! And doing so many have many incredible benefits for your mental, physical, and spiritual health. The next time you meet with your care manager please bring up any new activities you’re interested in pursuing.

If you or someone in your family are facing aging challenges, please give us a call at 561-291-3699 or email us at info@palmbeachcaremanagement.com. We’ll be happy to assist!