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How Learning Something New Helps Your Health

By Brandi Goodman 

Learning isn't just for children and young adults in school. Anyone, at any age, can learn. Even as an older adult, you can learn new things that improve your skills -- and your mind. Learning something new helps your health tremendously. You can do so both in a classroom setting or out of it.

Slows Cognitive Aging

As you age, so does your brain. Cognitive aging can cause a slew of struggles, ranging from memory loss to an inability to articulate your thoughts properly. You may find yourself forgetting certain words and their meanings, misplacing things more often, or even forgetting why you came into a room. Slow cognitive aging by continuing to learn and exercising your mind.

Improves Memory

If memory is becoming a problem, then it's time to start learning new things. Keeping your mind sharp can improve your memory and ensure you're remembering things just as you could before. You should keep your mind sharp by reading about new subjects or learning a new skill. Memory games and crossword puzzles can also prove beneficial.

Boosts Brain Power

You can boost your overall brain power by learning. You won't just improve your memory, but can also enhance your problem solving skills and reasoning. You need to really challenge your mind for this, though. Don't just play games or sit in class. You need hands-on activities that have you utilizing the information you're absorbing. 

Builds Confidence

Perhaps a lack of confidence has got you down. You may feel as though you aren't worth much because you never finished school or haven't learned anything new in a long time. Build your confidence by learning. You can feel as though you know what you're talking about and you've developed knowledge or skills that can be beneficial. You'll be perked up knowing you have an ability you didn't have before.

Improves Social Skills

If you've found yourself rather lonely in your senior years, then learning something new may help. Taking a class with others can improve your social skills. You get to work with other people so you aren't doing it alone. You may make new friends or simply have some quality conversations.

You're never too old to learn something new. Whenever you have the time, add learning to your schedule. You can take a class, opt for self-improvement through instructions online, or turn to the library for resources.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Weston, Fla.

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