Founders Hall offers wide variety of learning opportunities

The communications manager at the donor-supported center for lifelong learning, fitness, and fun in Ridgefield writes this column about way members of the center can increase their knowledge there.

The communications manager at the donor-supported center for lifelong learning, fitness, and fun in Ridgefield writes this column about way members of the center can increase their knowledge there.

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Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

There are many benefits to lifelong learning, but retirement is perhaps one of the best stages of life for learning, exploration and study.

People at this stage, or approaching it, are free from the demands placed on younger learners, who often must learn because of job requirements.

Older learners can study according to their interests, which may have been ignored or deprioritized during earlier stages of life.

Learning improves brain health, especially if it involves a challenging brain activity.

Older learners are likely to see an improvement in social life as well, connecting with like-minded people that share interests, leading to social interactions and friendships. And learning, particularly reading, lowers markers of stress, leading to improved physical health.

Founders Hall offers a wide variety of learning opportunities to members. Our new semester is starting this week with classes taking place on Zoom.

If you are a member but haven’t registered for a class yet, call to find out which classes have space available. Membership is free and available at anytime to Ridgefield residents 60 and up.

Visit founders-hall.org for more information.