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Lifelong Learning for Healthy Aging


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Keeping our minds strong is as important as keeping our bodies fit. Lifelong learning means we continue to learn new skills and knowledge throughout our lifetime. This is an important part of healthy, active aging.

You can find courses at your local university, college or high school. Look for continuing education programs for adults. Consider becoming a mentor, tutor, or teacher to share your knowledge with others. By taking a class or attending a workshop, you learn new things and also:

  • meet new people
  • share ideas
  • develop thinking skills, and
  • improve your memory

Here are some lifelong learning resources:

Community programs

Community centres, seniors' centres, and public libraries offer programs aimed at lifelong learning and physical activity.

High school graduation

Receiving your high school diploma later in life can be a tremendous achievement. The BC school system offers a variety of options for students of all ages to finish high school or its equivalent. Adult learners have the flexibility of working towards two different types of diplomas.

Post-secondary education

Learn more about post-secondary education at the Ministry of Advanced Education and see a list of post-secondary institutions in BC. Most institutions also offer continuing studies (non-credit) courses, and some have programs and courses designed especially for older adults. BCcampus is another excellent resource for one-stop, online access to public post-secondary education.

Did You Know?
Learning something new keeps your brain healthy and improves mental alertness. It is an important part of healthy aging.

Last Updated: October 2, 2015