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Guest post by Karen Weeks
Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Thanks to the internet there are exciting opportunities available to people of all ages, including seniors. Online learning is just a mouse click away. If you want to make it extra fun, grab some friends and learn as a group!
Not sure about navigating computers? The professionals at Make Use Of reviewed several options designed to help you get comfortable. Whether learning as an individual or with a group of friends, these will help you on your way:
The spice in life
Once you have a grasp of the basics, the possibilities are endless and the benefits abound. Experts at Science Daily explain that studies reveal engaging in mentally challenging activities helps keep the mind sharp. The internet offers a tremendous variety of choices, so pursue whatever interests you. Here are just a couple options:
The arts. Engaging in the arts is especially beneficial to seniors. Research reveals seniors who participate in arts-related activities boost their quality of life and maintain better health and well-being overall. Some scientific studies show:
Harvard Health further explains that musical engagement can function as exercise for the brain, helping to improve the efficiency with which information is processed. It allows you to express your feelings, communicate with others, can reduce depression and lowers stress levels.
With all that in mind, why not learn to play a musical instrument through online lessons? Enjoy learning an instrument such as a saxophone so you can play big band, jazz, classical or whatever strikes your fancy. For tips on choosing the perfect saxophone for you, explore an online saxophone buying guide.
Cars. Whether you love vehicles or are just interested in how they influence and shape our world, some experts suggest test driving Stanford University’s Youtube lectures on “Cars: Past, Present and Future.”
Science & Cooking. Harvard enlists famous chefs for this Youtube series of culinary education. They don’t stop with great cooking and recipes, but take the course to the next level and give scientific explanations for why cooking works.
Languages. Scientists believe that learning a new language is not any more difficult for seniors than it is for youth. Try taking French classes through Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative. It’s designed for beginners and is a highly interactive, video-based program that gets you learning right off the bat.
Learning at your fingertips
Learning new things is not only possible for seniors, but it’s healthy and easily accessible. Thanks to the internet, there is a virtually endless array of learning opportunities for individuals or for groups. Whatever direction you decide to pursue, dive in and have fun!
In addition, learn how technology benefits senior citizens, this comprehensive guide covers information to make the lives of seniors more convenient by highlighting existing technology.
About the author:
After retirement, Karen was bored and struggled to find a new sense of purpose. She decided to learn a new skill and took a computer course. She learned how to build her website, ElderWellness.net. Now, she tries new things all the time. She believes nothing is off limits to seniors.
When it comes down to Christmas decorations, there will always be a room to make your home both an aesthetically stunning place while having fun with it at the same time.
Christmas decorations are a welcome addition to the nice ritualistic part of the holiday season. Nothing will allow you to handle the job more easily than working on creating that perfect look. The following examples from guest blogger Ella Andrews will give you a few ideas you can use for decorations to make it all count:
Creating paper snowflakes
This is a classic solution that is really easy to make, since they require a bit of work for preparations but not too much in terms of work as well. You can easily hang them from your windows, making use of the Christmas tree and using these decorations all around the home. You can make use of this by using paper and scissors to make the snowflakes. Just take a piece of paper, fold it in half twice diagonally, then this will produce the shape you need after cutting into it. This is the step that will make the snowflake shape, so use jagged shapes for various looks once you unfold the paper. This is a simple yet elegant and very useful holiday solution that will work wonders.
Making white sock snowmen
Even though this may sound like the name of a band or something, the truth is these can be a really easy solution for your home cleaning and improvement needs. All you have to do to make it work is to get some tube socks. Get them and put some dry beans or rice as filling. When they are about ¾ full you can then tie a rubber band to create a waist for your new snowmen, then another one around the neck. Once you have this done, you will need to make some adjustments to get the shape right. In the end they will be done quite quickly, so you won’t have to worry about the details. You can fill the heads of the snowmen with cotton, then you will be able to fold it toward the outside of it to look like they have a hat on. Use a hot glue gun to put on some eyes with a set of buttons. You can also use superglue instead of making use of a hot glue gun. You can also work on sewing the buttons on, whatever works best for your needs. Use sticks for the arms and you will have an almost complete snowman each time. You can add smaller details, such as putting up clothes, a nose and a bit of something else such as an improvised scarf.
It will not take much to deal with completing such home decorations, but the end result is that you will also need to deal with house cleaning when the job is done. Begin by checking for the need for carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning. It will not require a lot to make things work in terms of house cleaning, so look into it when you have the chance.
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