Making the Most of Retirement: Learn New Skills Online

By Steve Johnson, Public Health Library


Photo from Pixabay

Once you’ve retired from the workforce and start spending your days at home, life gets pretty dull. You sit around all day doing the same old things and spend the rest of your life in monotony, right?

You couldn’t be more wrong! Retirement is a time where you can try new things and learn all the stuff you always want to but never had time for. Luckily, you have a resource right at your fingertips that makes this easier than ever… the internet!

You can learn a hundred new skills thanks to online tutorials and how-tos-- everything from cooking a gourmet meal to learning your favorite song on an instrument. Best of all, it’s good for you!

There are many benefits to learning new skills throughout your retirement years:

  • Learning new things can help prevent depression.
  • It improves your communication skills.
  • It provides you with a sense of accomplishment.
  • They can introduce you to new people.
  • Actively learning as a senior can prevent memory loss.

Learn About Art History Online

If your ideal vacation involves going to cities around the world and visiting the best museums, this is the hobby for you. Nowadays, you can take virtual gallery tours and learn new things about the most famous (and non-famous) works of art out there.

Whether you are a fool for modern art or you prefer to look at classical sculpture, there is something out there for you.

Best of all? Most of these courses are free online. You get to learn the history behind the work, the artist, and even the time period it was created.

So, why learn about art?

  • It helps us understand the past.
  • It fosters cultural understanding, as well.
  • It can help you become more creative yourself.

Learn How to Play an Instrument Online

Maybe you used to play a little in the past, but you’ve grown rusty over the years. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to be able to fill your home with music, and now you finally have the time to learn. Whatever your motivation for learning to play an instrument, doing so is incredibly beneficial.

  • Playing an instrument can improve dexterity in your hands.
  • It helps with cognition and creativity.
  • It can improve your mental health.
  • Music makes you happier.

Since you save money by taking lessons online, you want to be pickier when it comes to buying your instrument. Say you want to buy a trumpet:

  • Start with a student trumpet.
  • Don’t forget accessories (mouthpiece brushes, cleaning snakes, etc.)
  • Look for a finish that is pleasing to the eye.

Learn How to Cook Online

Sure, you probably know how to scramble an egg and grill a cheese… but there is so much more out there to learn! The internet is an endless source of culinary techniques and recipes for you to try. Plus, cooking for yourself has so many benefits:

  • You can control the ingredients to better reflect your health needs.
  • It saves you time and money.
  • It brings people together.
  • It’s a form of self-care and helps you practice mindfulness.
  • Plus… it’s fun!


Now that you are enjoying retirement, make the most of it by learning new skills and knowledge. The internet is a boundless resource for you to tap into.

You can explore the world’s best museums and take free classes that help you understand the artist and the work’s context. Free online music lessons are great for you brain and fill your house with music. Learning to cook online has several benefits, the least not being the delicious food you make.

Whatever skill you learn, you help sharpen your mind and improve your life when you pursue knowledge in your later years.

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