Aging is often associated with loss, but there’s still more to gain.
I say, “don’t die until you’re dead.”
Why is it important to constantly be learning?
The good news is that many courses and educational opportunities are available to older adults at no cost.
Colleges Offering Free Classes for Older Adults
I was delighted to find that Universities across my home state of California offer tuition-free enrollment for students who are 60 or older. (Seniorly Resource Center, June 8, 2021) UCLA’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has partnered with the University of California system to offer free, non-credit classes for people aged 50 and older. These tuition-free courses are available in the Los Angeles area through the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) at its extension near the main campus. Classes at Los Angeles Community Colleges also are available tuition free.
Make a Commitment to Yourself
The important thing is to make a commitment to yourself. When people complain about being sad and lonely, I say, “it’s all up to you. Do you want to reach out and make friends? Do you want to work on the sadness in your life? Along with aging can come depression, alcoholism, sadness, and loneliness. Many people, including me, have lost spouses.
What I have realized is that you have to decide to be a good friend to yourself. Do you mind being alone with yourself? I struggled with that when I moved into an independent living community for older adults earlier this year. This was a big adjustment. I made notes to myself, and set goals. I actively introduced myself and made friends. I forced myself to leave my apartment to take walks outside and sit with others and initiate conversations. I met one person who was an artist. With others, we’ve shared stories about serving in WWII. One man was in the Secret Service. Another talked about when he was wounded in Korea.