Most of us especially adults remember fondly about their days going back to school. But these days, whether or not we are in school, we all are learning, all the time. In the past two decades especially, a lot of it has to do with technology. From computer for personal use to apps, tech devices and digital information are so much a part of our everyday lives, whether we are shopping, banking, completing a government form, or communicating with children or grandchildren. To stay connected, current and feel the youth in you, we ought to keep learning!
Technology is certainly no longer something reserved for only the young or the I.T. guys. Most grandparents these days are skilled in applications like Skype so they can chat online with family, regularly posting photos and getting updates on what everyone in the family is doing. In fact, the biggest growth in Facebook in recent years has come from those 55 and over and mostly your kids and their kids think you are “cool”! You will be more connected with them in their busy daily schedules.
Staying at least somewhat “tech savvy” means not only keeping you in touch with family, friends and the world around you, you also stay young doing so! Yes, it’s true. Research tells us that learning DOES help make you younger. It keeps your brain cells active, making you less resistant to age related diseases, and it keeps your attitude positive.
Those who resist learning technology are usually intimidated by it. Remember it is attitude that stops you learning, not your ability. Learning one basic thing at a time, you feel like you’ve overcome a challenge and are actually keeping pace with everyone around you and making you want to do and learn more.
There are even more benefits:
- Easy and Fast Communication – Technology really does keep you better connected with friends and family.
- Information Source at Your Fingertips – The Internet offers an endless variety of great learning.
- Space Saving – Technology gives you access to the most up to date reference materials such as books, music, films, photo libraries, etc.
- Look Young and Feel Young – Various studies have shown that people who feel younger than their true age live longer, healthier and happier than those who feel older than they are.
Choose what’s important to you – it doesn’t have to be the latest mobile device or fastest computer. Using technology to keep in touch, be informed and learn could be one of the most youthful things you do!
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. – Henry Ford