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LIFELONG LEARNING: WEBINARS

LIFELONG LEARNING: WEBINARS

LIFELONG LEARNING: WEBINARS

One of the best ways to live a full life – at any stage of life – is to keep learning. That does not necessarily mean you have to go back to school or commit to a long-term endeavor. Consider Webinars. Webinars, for the uninitiated, are seminars in which you can participate online. There is an endless variety of topics and subject areas, and those interested can participate from the comfort of their own homes, or anywhere there is online access.

We spent some time scouring the internet for webinar resources, many of them free of charge. Our goal was to find sites for mature adults, and subject areas that are widely applicable and diverse. Here are several webinar resources that we feel may be of great interest to our JCN community:

  • If you are between the ages of 52 and 70, it may interest you to know that there are 70 million  of you “Baby Boomers,” according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. A large percentage of our JCN community members fall into this category, and there are a number of webinars created exclusively for you. The American Society on Aging is a great resource that offers informative and creative webinars for its target audience. For example, on September 5, ASA offers “Home Alone: Aging Alone in America.”  On October 2, “Home Safety for Older Adults. Many of the webinars are specific to certain health issues, but there are others that are generally applicable to the whole above-mentioned age group.
  • How many times have you heard “move it or lose it?” By now, you know the importance of lifelong physical activity, but sometimes it is difficult to motivate yourself to do it alone. An organization called “America Walks” is a non-profit dedicated to creating and nurturing “walkable” communities throughout the U.S. On September 11, the organization will offer a webinar on programs and strategies communities are using to engage individuals to get moving. If you have been meaning to get off the couch and start walking, this one is for you.
  • ACE is a non-profit organization dedicated to fitness and health. Since women have individual health and exercise needs, ACE offers webinars specifically for women, although there are many webinars covering other fitness topics, as well. ACE gears its webinars to educators and fitness trainers, but average consumers can also benefit by the content. Coming up on October 30, ACE offers a webinar titled, “Training Women for Optimal Health and Performance.” ACE also has recorded past webinars that you can access at your convenience, such as “Nutrition Coaching: Changing Habits, Not Diets” and “Mental and Physical Exercises for Long-Term Stress Management.”
  • The American Bankers Association is a trade organization for American banks. The ABA offers pre-recorded webinars on personal finance that you can access at your convenience. For example, there are several webinars focused on safe banking for seniors, covering issues such as fraud and government regulations. There are also webinars that educate participants about consumer credit and other critical financial issues. Check out the ABA website to select webinars on personal finance issues important to you.
  • Thousands of baby boomers find themselves in the role of caretaker for older relatives. There are substantive webinars focused on the caretaker population. The Family Caretaker Alliance is solely focused on improving the quality of life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care. Part of that effort is to provide webinars on specific topics relevant to caretakers. Most of them are pre-recorded and you can watch them at your convenience. Here you will find topics such as “Five Tips for Improving a Difficult Caretaking Day,” and “Financial Assistance for Eldercare.”

Most of the webinars you have read about here are free of charge, even those that have not yet been broadcast. As you search for other webinars, some will have a moderate registration fee, usually under $25.

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