For many Arkansans, back-to-school season is a distant memory. But that doesn’t mean we should ever stop seeking knowledge. AARP Arkansas and LifeQuest of Arkansas both promote the value of life-long learning.

A 2015 AARP survey found that three-quarters of adults age 40+ are concerned about their brain health declining in the future. One way to avoid this decline is to challenge or strengthen your brain. That could mean reading about something new, learning a different language or simply engaging with others in thoughtful conversation.

We are often challenged during our working years. But after retirement, we might start to lose our edge if we don’t find new ways to stimulate our brains.

LifeQuest of Arkansas provides a way for adults to create a more purposeful and rewarding post-retirement life. Studies have shown that adults who continue learning, engage with a social network and give back to their community remain healthier and happier than those who do not. LifeQuest’s educational program provides an opportunity for all of these things, says Emily C. Ingram, LifeQuest of Arkansas’ Executive Director.

The educational classes LifeQuest offers are based on an open-university concept, but with no homework, tests or grades. Class topics range from that range in topic from history and politics, to language and art. AARP Arkansas will offer a class at LifeQuest this fall titled Advocacy 101.

LifeQuest of Arkansas’ fall 2017 term begins Wednesday, September 13 and concludes Thursday, November 2.  The course enrollment page will be updated to include the fall course schedule, including AARP’s.

Along with supporting LifeQuest as a sponsor and occasionally teaching courses there, AARP offers many in-person and online Learn @50+ workshops, events and webinars. AARP’s free in-person Technology, Education, Knowledge (TEK) workshops offer tips on how to manage mobile devices and how to stay safe online. The next scheduled TEK workshops in central Arkansas are Saturday, August 19 in Hot Springs and Thursday, August 31 in Conway.

AARP also offers online brain health assessments and tips through our Staying Sharp program and hosts online courses through AARP Life Reimagined.

AARP Arkansas also hosts weekly Lunch and Learns, educational trips and special events throughout the year.  There are plenty of ways to get involved and volunteer. Learn more by checking out our online blog, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

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