Thursday, July 9, 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!

In our rush, rush world, keeping our lives balanced can be a real challenge. But it’s critical that we do our best to find and maintain that life balance. The big question is how? Here are some ideas.

Did you know that hearty laughter can enhance your immunity for up to 12 hours? Or, that getting a massage or listening to music decreases your levels of the stress hormone, Cortisol?

Research now shows that we can positively affect our life balance by using any of the following tools: Love–Friendship–Laughter–Spirituality–A Positive Outlook–Meditation–Yoga–Exercise–Massage–The Creative Arts–Journaling–Being in Nature–Having a Pet

What other helpful activities can you think of to add to this list?

In other words, what we do or don’t do to maintain balance, to manage both stress and our moods, can certainly have long-term effects on our body.

This is what Mind/Body medicine is really all about. It treats the whole person, examining not just our physical side but also the mental, emotional and spiritual sides too. In this way, there is balance between them all.

The usual “medicine” for restoring Mind/Body balance includes such things as relaxation training, meditation, hypnosis, biofeedback, psychotherapy, guided imagery and prayer. Each of these is a field unto themselves. The basic philosophies are the same, however: that the mind and body have the power to heal themselves.

But, there is one tool, not yet on this list, that is starting to be recognized as equally valuable in helping keep the Mind/Body balance. That tool is lifelong learning. More on this next week.

According to Mabel E. Todd, a major contributor to Ideokinesis, a field of bodywork and personal development that first came to prominence in the 1930's amongst dancers and health professionals “Through balance man conserves nervous energy and thus directly benefits all his activities, mental as well as physical.” A good life is really all about balance, no matter what we are doing. Keeping that in mind will go a long way toward creating a fulfilling later life. And…Lifelong Learning can help!

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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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