Lifelong learning has shown to improve brain health, and staying mentally active is linked to delayed onset of cognitive decline, both good things to us all. One goal to have in place is to try something new a least once a week. Examples include, listening to new music or a new podcast, learning some words in a different language, signing up for a lecture or presentation, joining our weekly TED Talks Discussion group on Fridays at 10am, visiting a park or trail you have never explored. There are many possibilities to learn and experience new things on a regular basis, and making a habit of this can set you up with a mindset of growth and discovery.

Speaking of growth and discovery, there are many options for lifelong learning that are available through remote learning. As the title of a New York Times article states, “Remote Learning Isn’t Just for Kids: New online tools and an array of remote classes and programs are ramping up education and training for adults.”

One way to continue on the path of learning that I was excited to discover is to use LinkedIN Learning through the Bellingham Public Library. Formerly offered as Lynda.com, LinkedIN Learning for Library offers online, self-paced courses on a wide variety of topics, with new courses added weekly. To get started you’ll need your library card number and PIN. Also offered through the library’s learning resources is Mango Languages which offers lessons containing reading, writing, and listening components for over 70 languages.

GetSetUp is another great resource to keep learning. This is an online community for active older adults to learn new skills, connect with others and share with peers in small intimate classes. This environment is designed specifically for older adults and classes are taught by older adults and kept small to ensure everyone can actively participate.

Another online course catalog is OasisEverywhere, a non-profit organization specializing in lifelong learning that offers classes in many different topics, including traditional topics such as history, literature, and philosophy, ranging in price from free to $80.

To continue the discussion on learning or to share or ask for additional resources, contact Eric at epierson@whatcomcoa.org, or reply to this email.