Age is just a number

Older man working with a computer

When you reach a certain age, it can be all too easy to assume that the old saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is true.

But age is just a number.

Our brains actually thrive on learning new things, and they continue to change and develop over the course of our whole lives. In fact, when we’re in the process of learning new things, our brains are being rewired as cells send and receive information about the tasks we’re doing.1

So ability isn’t the issue, but making time for doing something new could be. You may have a busy life and feel responsible for looking after lots of other people, and as a result you may be at the bottom of your to-do list.

But that really needs to change. It’s critical to make time for what you want to do – because you’re important too, and not just for what you do for others.

Did you know that Julia Child published her first book at 49 and began her PBS cooking show at age 51, at 62, J.R.R. Tolkien published the first volume of his fantasy series, Lord of the Rings; and Harlon “Colonel” Sanders was 65 before he started his Kentucky Fried Chicken empire?

They knew the secret: it’s never too late to start something new, because learning and growing are possible – and feel amazing – at any age.

Foresters Financial can help!

As part of Foresters unique fraternal purpose, we offer wide range of complimentary benefits that help to enhance the lives of our members. They can also help you put yourself first as you focus on making time explore new hobbies, skills, and experiences.

Lifelong learning: Discover the joy of learning from the comfort of your own home with online courses exclusively for Foresters members. With a vast online learning library, members can choose courses to explore an interest or to help achieve personal or professional goals. Courses in everything from financial planning, creative writing, nutrition, and computers are just a click away! Members can login at MyForesters.com to start learning today.

Community Grants: Foresters Community Grants allow members to become involved in their local communities by collaborating through meaningful activities and helping people in need. Meeting new people, flexing your organizational skills, getting creative, and supporting a charitable organization that’s meaningful to you and your family is a great way to broaden your horizons. Members can find out more and apply for a grant today by visiting MyForesters.com.

Foresters Care: Much like the Community Grants, Foresters Care is a way to reach out to those in need. This one-time, $200 grant enables members to seize the moment and make a meaningful difference quickly by doing things like hosting a food drive, putting together care kits for a local shelter, or cleaning up a park. A little help can go a long way, and members can start by visiting MyForesters.com to apply for a grant.

Foresters Go. Teaching yourself new, healthy habits is so much easier with a little extra motivation and coaching – and that’s what Foresters Go is all about! This new wellness app with a difference helps Foresters member to live well by doing good. Members can track their exercise, set healthy eating goals, get personalized advice from a virtual coach, and earn valuable rewards for living a healthier lifestyle, engaging with family, and enriching their community. Visit Foresters Go to learn more.


Trying new things is something we should all do no matter how old we are – even if it’s something as simple as trying a new recipe – because learning is never off limits. You never know what you can accomplish until you give it a try, and your ability to learn a new skill or break out of a rut and try something different is a great way to boost your self-confidence and prove that you really are capable of so many amazing things.

Maybe more than you ever dreamed.

SOURCES

1 https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/learning-rewires-brain

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