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It may have been decades since you got your diploma, but no matter what your age, you’re never too old to learn a little something new. Whether you’re looking to expand your mind or pick up a skill, here are 9 low-cost and free learning resources to help you along the way.
Idea #1: Continuing education classes
Never thought you’d take another college class? There might still be a chance. Check if your local college offers continuing education classes. Take classes for the fun of it, like photography, tango dancing, or film study. You can also take language classes or advance your professional skills with business or computer classes.
Idea #2: Online learning
Idea #3: Neighborhood classes
Check with your local Parks and Recreation department. There you can typically find a range of affordable classes. Residents typically pay a lower fee, so start your search within your city before checking out nearby offerings.
Idea #4: Let your creativity loose
When’s the last time you painted or even doodled? Show off your creative side and paint like the masters at a PaintNite. Color Me Mine also offers adult painting workshops. They also have special Ladies’ Night Out classes where you can enjoy cheese and chocolate while you paint.
Idea #5: Travel & learn
Road Scholar is an amazing program for older adults to travel the U.S. and the rest of the world with others who share your interest to travel and learn. Some programs are intergenerational so you can take your grandchildren along. This is an excellent way to expand your mind while expanding your horizons!
Idea #6: Get hands-on
Expanding your mind can be hands-on. Take a free DIY workshop at Home Depot and learn a new skill like how to install tile flooring or how to build a decorative stand for a garden basket. There’s something gratifying about tackling home improvement projects on your own.
Idea #7: Tackle tech
It’s never too late to become tech savvy. Apple offers free hour-long workshops. Learn the basics of your device or take a more advanced course and learn how to cut your own movie. Microsoft also offers free workshops both in-store and online.
Idea #8: Learn at the library
Check the event calendar at your local library. In addition to author talks, book clubs, and writer’s workshops, many offer a range of other events from chess club to legal advice, tai chi to support groups.
Idea #9: Listen in on TEDTalks
No time to take a class? Expand your mind right from your couch with TedTalks, an online speaker series featuring experts from various industries like technology and science. Stream them through Netflix, watch on the mobile app, or visit their YouTube page.