Learning for fun and profit – how seniors can use the Internet to stay active

If you want proof that seniors don’t need to sit around all day with nothing to do, look no further than the Internet. The advent of computer technology has opened new opportunities to many segments of the population. The Internet has changed the way we live, do business, communicate with each other, and find entertainment. It’s created a socio-cultural and technological revolution: so why shouldn’t it revolutionize the way senior citizens live, a population that needs to stay active both mentally and physically. In many ways, it’s the perfect tool for giving seniors what everyone needs: a reason to get out of bed each morning.

Just for fun

Everyone loves games, trying to figure out a challenging puzzle, or learning a new skill or hobby. The Internet is full of sites that can show you how to do things you’ve always wanted to try. Have you ever been frustrated trying to figure out how to solve a Rubik’s Cube? Why not satisfy your curiosity and learn from the experts? Art is a great group activity for seniors, whether you have the skill or not. Learn to Draw.com offers a step-by-step, easy-to-understand online course for anyone with some colored pencils and a little desire.

For many people, chess is the most challenging game of all. You can get the hang of it and learn to challenge the pros at Chess24.com, a site that features videos by some of the world’s best players, and interactive courses designed for beginners. Sewing is another activity that many people find challenging. For others it’s a relaxing and useful way to spend a few hours. Take an online course and you’ll never have to ask someone else to sew a button on for you again.

Learn to sing

Few group activities are as much fun as singing together. If you and your friends are looking for something that everyone can enjoy, why not check out some of the many online singing courses? Youtube has a selection of videos that address everything from harmonizing to the psychology of singing. Takelessons.com makes it easy to find the singing course you’re looking for, putting it right at your fingertips. You can learn how to improve your voice, sing on pitch and breathing exercises for beginners.

For shutterbugs

Do you have a camera and photography equipment but don’t know how it all works? Petapixel.com is an online portal to different courses covering a wide range of subjects for all skill levels. The development of new technologies has changed photography from the old days of point-and-click and developing your own film to digital photography and a wide range of cameras now on the market. The online course Basics of Photography can show you how a digital camera works, what all the settings do, and how to edit images using your camera’s built-in features.

Make some bucks

It’s always fun to make some money. The Internet makes it easy by putting you in touch with potential customers and allowing you to arrange for payment, all online. And you can learn a new business by taking an online class or seminar. For example: why not learn real estate? It can be a full- or part-time gig, offers flexibility in schedule, and provides interaction with others so many of us crave in our golden years. What’s more, there’s more demand for senior real estate agents than you may realize: “There are many senior homebuyers who feel more comfortable working with agents close to their own age.”

There’s never been a better time for senior citizens to seek personal growth, improve their health and stay physically and mentally active. Thanks to the Internet, you can explore new frontiers and become something you always wanted to be. Whatever your interest, it’s a perfect outlet for your curiosity.

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