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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-07-2019

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2 SENIOR LIVING GUIDE FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 | THE VALLEY BREEZE SENIOR LIVING | SELF IMPROVEMENT SIGN UP FOR A CLASS AT YOUR LOCAL COLLEGE If you live near a communi- ty college or university, see what classes are available to take for non-degree-seeking students. Some colleges have community-oriented classes with a variety of skills, but retirement is also a great opportunity to take classes you didn't have time to in col- lege. Sign up for world history or anthropology courses or take a voice or music class. Or, if you're ready for a major commitment, go back to school full-time to earn that second bachelor's degree or sign up for a graduate pro- gram. READ ALL THE BOOKS YOU CAN Now's your chance to knock out "War and Peace" or that series you've had on your shelf for years. Retirement provides a great opportunity to spend time reading. You can join (or start) a book club and explore different genres and authors. Check out your library for reading groups or lists. You can also find a group of students to read to. FIND A NEW HOBBY Go to your local senior cen- ter and learn a new dance, take a cooking class or break out an old camera and go to a photography class. Cities and towns of all sizes have these gathering places, and in addi- tion to learning something new, they provide great opportunities to meet new people and find people with similar interests to yours. If you can't go to a senior center or yours doesn't offer the classes you want, check out online options. Many groups, including major uni- versities throughout the world, offer online courses; there also are companies that offer classes from the best of the best, including acting from Oscar winners, photog- raphy from professional pho- tographers, cooking from the best chefs in the world and more. Alternatively, volunteer to teach a class at your local senior center, start a quilting or hiking club. Y ou're never too old to learn a new skill, take up a new hobby or even go back to school. Not having a full-time job opens up your schedule and your energy level to try something you've always wanted to learn. It's also a great way to keep your brain active and engaged. © ADOBE STOCK Continuing to Learn Content Produced by Green Shoot Media. © 2019 Continuing to Learn

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