Archives for October 2010

Have fun with exercise

An important part of staying healthy is to move your body. When we think of staying healthy exercise is usually what comes to mind. Many times we get an image in our mind of something repetitious, boring or too much work.

Any movement of your body can be exercise so make it fun! Ask yourself these questions:

How do you like to move?

What movements feel best to you and your body?

What interests you enough to exercise daily?

What is the cost?

Who will exercise with you or be an accountability partner? Is there a group you can join or devlop?

Is there anything you can do with your pet? Pets need exercise too and studies have shown that people wil usually exercise more often if they exercise with a pet.

Now keep some type of journal to keep track of what you do, what you like and who you like to be with.

Have fun!

Jo Caywood

(c) 2010 Jo Caywood

Re-creating Education Throughout the Lifespan

Re-creating Education Throughout the Lifespan Can Be a Joy!

Most of us have heard the saying that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” and many people actually believe it. After people leave a formal educational system, many feel the only source of new learning that takes place is in a work setting. For Baby Boomers and others who have been in jobs and are now retired or getting ready to retire, try a new career or set out on new life experiences, etc. the above saying is far from reality.

Why is it important for adults to keep learning? Learning is a lifelong process whether it is intended or not. As people age, by the way aging starts at birth, there is always change and growth. At midlife people also start becoming creative in different ways than they were earlier in their life. Of course we cannot replicate some of the things we were able to do in our youth, esp. the things that required physical strength, but as we age we can do different things better than we could when we were younger.

The two most important things about lifelong learning no matter your age is to make sure it is something you want to learn and make sure it is fun. Learning can be fun especially for the adult learner.

In order for learning fun it is important for the adult learner to:

  1. Leave the old baggage about learning behind. To do this find or develop a support group. Sometimes the people closest to you may become jealous or fearful of the new things you try. It might because they are afraid that you will not be there for them. In your support group whether it is formal or informal, include people around you and/or find others who will support you in your efforts to get the type of education that will help you in the job market, a career change or to take classes in which you are interested. Sometimes you find support groups in the classes you take. When you find a group that likes the same things you do such as training your dog, learning about cameras, exercising, scrapbooking, traveling, etc. usually there usually be  people in the group who naturally support you in learning new things and you will also contribute to what they learn.
  2. Have you ever noticed that sometimes people sign up for something without knowing what it is or what they will learn? It is important for the adult or mature learner to read the goals, objectives and time requirements of a class or a group they intend to join. By doing this you make sure you are really doing what you enjoy and learning what you want to learn.

It is also important for educational providers to realize that:

  1. To reach adult and mature learners they do not have to do what everyone else is doing. Sure there are various colleges and other institutions that have programs to meet the needs of adult full time students but learners who are only able to be part time or “drop-in” students may need more options such as the internet or other types of distance learning. Using the internet or distance learning can also be an integral part of any program offered by educational institutions. Choices for informal and formal learning may now include education while on vacation or in other non-traditional places. Learning can occur on cruises, through movies, Google or Yahoo interest groups, bookstores that sponsor book clubs, etc. as well distance education such as over the internet, TV or satellite. Just think how much you can learn about staying healthy or being stress free while on a cruise, a trip to a spa or sports camp.
  2. When providers find a way for the learners to interact with each other many times the learning is enhanced. Providers can provide opportunities for interaction using message boards, online chat, Skype, and special events especially if classes are in person, etc.

People over 100 years old are the fastest growing age group in the US. Learning gives you something to do throughout your life as well as a sense of purpose when what you learn is fun and helpful to you. Learning can help you keep your mind and body in better condition, be more in control of yourself, choose learning avenues that fit your interests and


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