Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lifelong Learning Thursday

Nancy Merz Nordstrom, author of Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret of Making the Most of Your After 50 Years will share the benefits of Lifelong Learning on Thursdays.

The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years.

Lifelong Learning in Your Later Years… 
A Health Club for Your Mind, Body, and Spirit!

As promised last week, here are some ideas for how to challenge your mind and keep it sharp and vigorous.

Act like a kid again…
Remember all the board games you used to play? Dust them off. They served a purpose then, and they can do so again.

Scrabble – Parcheesi – Monopoly – Truth or Consequences – Go to the Head of the Class – Risk – Trivial Pursuit – Password – Checkers – Pictionary- Stratego – Life – Jeopardy – Game of Life…And the list goes on.

Sudoku, a logic-based number placement puzzle, is the latest craze and a real challenge for your mind.
• Don’t forget crossword and jigsaw puzzles.
• Play bridge instead of bingo.
• Find that deck of cards you once had, and resurrect old card games.
• Polish up your chess game.
• Like the casinos? Play black jack instead of the slot machines.

Have a game night with friends on a regular basis. Social interaction and mental stimulation; two necessary life ingredients!

Get physical…
• Dance, walk, bike, hike, swim.
• Join a fitness group.
• Explore Tai Chi and other similar activities.
• Use your non-dominant hand to do everyday tasks.
• Take different routes to your destination.

Go online…
• The Internet is a gold-mine of stimulating games and brain exercises.
• Join an online discussion board. You will find hundreds of different topics to discuss with others.
• Take free online courses from colleges and universities

Learn, learn, learn…
• Read books on topics that cause you to think.
• Join a book club.
• Learn a new word or fact every day.
• Join a choral group, or learn a new song and sing by yourself.
• Learn to play a musical instrument, a piano or guitar for instance.
• Join a lifelong learning program.
• Give some of your time to meaningful community service.
• Travel to learn, not just for fun.
• Polish your math. Add or subtract numbers in your head.
• Listen to audio books or language tapes while you drive.

About TV…
• Try to limit TV to those few shows that cause you to think.
• Check out the Discovery, History, and PBS channels.
• Spend one day a week “media free.” Get to know YOU.

• Life is all about choices. Keep making choices.
• Find things to do that require making choices and decisions.
• Choose to eat well balanced meals most of the time.
• Stay informed about what’s going on around you.
• Write or email your elected representatives.
• Attend public meetings in the community.
• Join the Friends of the Public Library.
• Don’t let your brain go on automatic pilot.


“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The perfect goal to strive for each and every day!

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Till Next Time…

Nancy Merz Nordstrom is Director of the Lifelong Learning Department at Computer School for Seniors (

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