by Christopher Taydus
What is active aging? The World Health Organization defines active aging as the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. For many seniors, Oak Crest and similar communities provide a variety of amenities that help them to actively age through protection, security, and care, but what can people over the age of 62 do for themselves to continue to actively age throughout the remainder of their lives.
One way is through continuing education.
William Butler Yeats, an Irish poet and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, once said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Is education limited to the first eighteen to twenty-five years of your life, or is it something that one should continue through the entirety of their life?
Lifelong learning can have a variety of benefits, from improving memory to keeping your mind sharp and even increasing self-confidence through a feeling of accomplishment. The best part is that continuing education can focus on topics that you love or that interest you. Whether it’s learning to dance, studying the architecture of mid-century Maryland homes, or even the life and times of your favorite musician, continued education can help.
Fortunately for Oak Crest residents, the Community College of Baltimore County comes to the community to offer a wide variety of courses that can peak our residents’ interest. To learn more about the courses offered by CCBC, be sure to tune into Oak Crest TV on Tuesday, September 6th as Ruth Pundt, CCBC Resident Coordinator, discusses the new and returning classes for the Fall semester. The show airs at 10 AM, 2 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, and 12 AM, plus it will be available the following day at www.oakcresttv.com.