Adult Education and Healthy Aging

Here is some more evidence of the value of adult school classes for seniors, which provide opportunities for socializing, crafts and learning about computers — all of which are associated with healthier aging in a recent Mayo Clinic study.

A Mayo Clinic Study of Aging found that among cognitively healthy people 85 to 89 who were followed for four years, engaging in significant social activity in mid- and late life drove down the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment by 55%. Engaging in craft projects in mid- to late life drove risk of such intellectual decline down 45%.

And compared with those who did not use a computer in late life, those who did were 53% less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment in their late 80s or early 90s.


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